Trichotillomania

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What is trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is a disorder characterized by noticeable hair-loss due to a recurrent failure to resist impulses to pull out hairs.

Common symptoms reported by people with trichotillomania

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with trichotillomania

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) trichotillomania (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) trichotillomania (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
trichotillomania (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)

Data from patients with trichotillomania, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with trichotillomania

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems difficulty thinking 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (5) trichotillomania (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty falling asleep
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1) trichotillomania (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
trichotillomania (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with trichotillomania, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has trichotillomania on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 43
30s 44
40s 32
50s 17
60s 5
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 75
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

94% Female
6% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 76
Not Diagnosed 28

These charts show data from trichotillomania patients who have completed their condition history
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