Teen Trichotillomania is a condition in which teens have a compulsion to repeatedly twist and/or pull out their hair. In some cases, teens might also eat the hair they pull out. This impulse control disorder is present in more female teens than males and is commonly present with a co-occurring disorder, such as teen anxiety or teen depression. Because of the nature of the condition being compulsive, teens are unable to control and/or stop the behavior, even when it becomes painful and even if they sincerely want to.
Teen Trichotillomania Symptoms
Like many impulse control disorders, trichotillomania is characterized by teens experiencing cycles of increasing anxiety and stress, which they only believe will be alleviated by pulling their hair. Once they do twist or pull out their hair, they may experience a short period of relief, followed shortly after by feelings of guilt and shame, because of their behavior. This cycle tends to cause teens increasing anxiety and stress, as well as causing them to feel “stuck.” Teen trichotillomania is commonly present as a co-occurring disorder along with another impulse control disorder and/or conditions associated with low feelings of self-worth and/or self-image problems.
Some of the other symptoms common with teen trichotillomania include:
- thinning or uneven hair growth
- intestinal problems, due to teens eating their hair
- skin problems
- hair loss
- other behaviors that are self-harming
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Trichotillomania Treatment
At Paradigm San Francisco, each one of our teen trichotillomania treatment plans is designed according to the individual teen’s unique symptoms and behaviors, as well as her or his interests, strengths, and experiences. We approach teen trichotillomania treatment as we do all of our programs, from a holistic, thorough methodology of seeking to address and support teens’ overall health and well-being, in addition to the intricacies of their most obvious current struggles and outward symptoms. In this way, we find that youth that come here not only benefit by their recovery from addiction and its symptoms, but also gain resources that allow them to succeed and navigate future challenges, in more healthy ways.