Trichotillomania involves powerful compulsions to pull hair from one’s body. A person will experience hair loss and significant distress around the hair pulling. They may try to stop the behavior but feel unable to do so. Trichotillomania goes by many names, including hair-pulling disorder, TTM, or trich.

The location from which hair is pulled can vary, as can the severity and the way a person responds to treatment. Treatment options typically include some form of behavioral therapy. The right therapist can help an individual replace hair pulling with healthier behaviors.