Trichotillomania, (pronounced: trik-oh-till-oh-may-nee-ah), or TTM, is an obsessive-compulsive disorder associated with chronic hair pulling. In some cases it can lead to permanent hair loss.
Many people suffer from TTM without knowing what it is and retreat from normal life because they feel psychologically and physiologically strange. TTM is a “normal” condition in that many people have it, there are a growing number of experts who are trying to explain what it is and a long list of resources that you can turn to get help.
The condition seems largely skewed toward women, with some estimates ranging as high as 90% of all people afflicted being women. Some experts consider this estimate to be high, due to prevalence of men being able to cover up the problem by, say, shaving their beard, whereas many women pull from their head, their eyelashes and eyebrows.
Another characteristic of the condition is that it waxes and wanes – i.e. those afflicted may stop pulling for a considerable period of time and then resume pulling after a stressful event or even for no obvious reason at all.
Although there are many possible reasons for this condition, our main concern is about solutions. Regardless of the reason for hair loss, our goal is to help people look great and feel better about themselves. If you stop by one of our locations you can be sure to find stylists who don’t judge, but are compassionate about whatever you might be going through.
At Bravadas, we work with many clients who have this condition and are able to help them manage their appearance and gain back their self-esteem. Whether it’s a hairpiece or a wig, we’ll work with you to determine what solution fits your lifestyle and needs the best. For more help on the symptoms and treatments for Trichotillomania, click here to visit the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Resource Center.