Trichotillomania, also known as hair pulling disorder, is a psychiatric disorder which is characterized by an irresistible urge to pull out one’s hair.
The condition belongs to the same diagnostic category as obsessive-compulsive disorder, however, it usually doesn’t involve the intrusive obsessive thoughts that occur in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Trich is also associated with psychosocial problems, including social anxiety, low self-esteem, avoidance of intimacy, and interference with career advancement.
The disorder may affect as many as four percent of the population with the highest incidence in childhood. Females seem to be affected more than males with some estimates suggesting a ratio of 10 females to every male. Trich can continue well into adulthood and the behavior can be mild in some suferrers but uncontrollable in others.
The exact cause of hair pulling disorder is probably a result of the combination of environmental factors as well as genetic problems.
Moreover, according to recent research, an estimated 75% of the sufferers said that they had experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Also, scientists are evaluating similarities between hair pulling disorder and Tourette’s disorder.
Common symptoms include:
- an irresistible urge to pull one’s hair;
- behaviors like – twirling the hair, inspecting the hair root, chewing on hair, or pulling the hair between the teeth;
- being aware that if it stopped there would be a benefit to you;
- repeated hair pulling;
- feelings of pleasure are derived from pulling;
- bare patches where the hair has been pulled out;
- an increased feeling of tension prior to pulling out the hair;
- problems in social life or work due to hair pulling.
Treatment options include:
- Therapy of Acceptance and Commitment – it is a form of counseling and a branch of clinical behavior analysis;
- clomipramine or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors);
- Habit Reversal Training – it is a behavioral approach which uses awareness training;
- olanzapine (an antipsychotic medication);
- Stress-reducing therapies, like mindfulness meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
Here Is A List Of 11 Celebrities With Trichotillomania:
#1 Charlize Theron
She is a South African-born actress who is best known for her roles in movies such as ”Snow White and the Huntsman,” ”Monster,” ”The Fate of the Furious,” ”Mad Max: Fury Road,” and ”Atomic Blonde.”
Charlize Theron suffers from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and trich.
#2 Katy Perry
She is an American songwriter, actress, singer, and television personality who rose to fame in 2008 with the release of her 2nd album (”One of the Boys”), and its singles “Hot n Cold” and “I Kissed a Girl.”
In 2010, Kate Perry admitted that she was suffering from trichotillomania.
#3 Kate Beckinsale
She is an English actress who made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Since then, Kate appeared in Cold Comfort Farm, Prince of Jutland, The Golden Bowl, Emma, Click, The Aviator, Pearl Harbor, Brokedown Palace, or The Last Days of Disco.
Many people think that Kate Beckinsale is suffering from this condition due to the fact that she was spotted with bald spots in public many times.
#4 Justin Timberlake
He is an American actor, dancer, singer-songwriter, and record producer who made it big with boy band NSYNC, an American boy band formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995.
It is believed that “his receding hairline” and “going bald prematurely” is caused by trich.
#5 Colin Farrell
He is an Irish actor who made his film debut in ”The War Zone” in 1999. Farrell also starred in ”In Bruges,” ”Miami Vice,” or ”American Outlaws.”
During an interview with Jay Leno at ”The Tonight Show on Friday,” Colin Farrell said – “I was a hair puller, I used to pull my hair out.”
#6 Olivia Munn
She is an American model and actress who starred in History Channel series Six, The Lego Ninjago Movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, Mortdecai, Deliver Us from Evil, or Magic Mike.
Olivia Munn disclosed that she suffers from trichotillomania and anxiety.
#7 Megan Fox
She is an American model and actress who appeared in the blockbuster action film Transformers. Since then, Megan started in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jennifer’s Body, or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Mega Fox was diagnosed with trich and has been admitted to hospital for medical treatment several times.
#8 Samantha Faiers
She is an English television model and personality who is best known for starring herself in the ITV2 semi-reality program The Only Way Is Essex. In addition, Sam Faiers was a guest on several talk shows, including This Morning, Loose Women, and Daybreak.
Samantha revealed in her brand new YouTube channel that she has trichotillomania disorder due to the trauma surrounding her stepdad being jailed. This disorder causes her to pull out her eyelashes.
#9 Victoria Beckham
She is an English fashion designer, model, businesswoman, and singer who rose to fame with the all-female pop group Spice Girls (the pop girl group formed in 1994 that was also comprised of Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell, and Emma Bunton).
Victoria Beckham had to deal with severe hair loss which was partly due to trich disorder.
#10 Kristen Stewart
She is an American model, actress, and director who gained notice in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in the Panic Room. Stewart subsequently starred in Catch That Kid, Speak, Into the Wild, and Zathura: A Space Adventure. Also, Kristen went on to gain wide recognition for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga.
Following her split from Robert Pattinson (her co-star in The Twilight Saga), Kristen Stewart was photographed with large bald patches on her head.
#11 Leonardo DiCaprio
He is an American film producer and actor who starred in such features as The Aviator, Titanic, The Revenant, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been found to show the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, some of which are the same as that of trichotillomania disorder.