Trichotillomania and Excoriation Disorder

  • E. B. LeeEmail author
  • C. W. Ong
  • M. P. Twohig


Trichotillomania, or hair-pulling disorder, is characterized by the recurrent pulling out of one’s hair, leading to hair loss. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), specifies additional diagnostic criteria for trichotillomania: (a) repeated attempts to reduce or stop hair pulling, (b) the hair pulling causes clinically significant distress or functional impairment, and (c) the hair pulling or hair loss is not due to a medical or other mental condition. Hair pulling can be observed in any region of the body, including the scalp, eyebrows, and axillary region.


Trichotillomania Hair-pulling disorder Excoriation disorder Skin-picking Dermatillomania Habit reversal training Cognitive behavioral therapy Acceptance and commitment therapy 


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