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The voluntary, repetitive hair-pulling is referred to as trichotillomania (TTM). People engage in hair-pulling to self-soothe from painful emotions, or are bored or relaxed and do the behavior without being aware of their actions.
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD, Lead Psychologist of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authored a guest blog post for the Philly.com Healthy Kids blog with helpful resources on TTM, including websites, books and support groups.
Currently, there are no medications for treating TTM; however, a few randomized trials have tested the success of a behavioral treatment called habit reversal therapy (HRT).