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trichotillomania (OCD glossary)

( hair-pulling disorder )

When a person is unable to stop impulsively pulling his/her hair from his/her head, eyebrows, eye lashes, arms, legs or pubic area. The hair pulling is often pleasurable and soothing. People report doing this behavior when stressed or bored. Skin picking also falls into this category.

Definition by Carol Hevia, Psy.D., reproduced with permission from International OCD Foundation.


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