trichotillomania

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trich·o·til·lo·ma·ni·a

 (trĭk′ō-tĭl′ə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
A psychiatric disorder characterized by the compulsive plucking out of hairs from one's own body, especially from the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelashes.

[tricho- + Greek tillein, to pluck hair + -mania.]

trichotillomania

Medicine. an abnormal desire to pull out one’s own hair, especially by delirious patients. Also called trichologia.
See also: Hair
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trichotillomania - an irresistible urge to pull out your own hairtrichotillomania - an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
Translations

trichotillomania

n tricotilomanía, compulsión f a arrancarse el cabello
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Also, they had me at a disadvantage, and, what of the scratching and hair-pulling I received, I was glad to retreat.
The first is habit-reversal training, which teaches patients to be more aware of their pulling and picking, and its cues, and trains them to use a "competing response" when the urge hits, such as clenching the fist with the hair-pulling hand and pressing it to the side of the body.
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And we bet there was a fair bit of hair-pulling angst over that romance with Bradley Cooper.
The woman said the hair-pulling started last year around elections.
Other "pathological grooming" habits like hair-pulling and skin-picking - collectively known as trichotillomania - will also be included in the OCD classification, News.
The DSM-IV-TR requires five criteria for the diagnosis of TTM: (a) "recurrent pulling out of one's own hair that results in noticeable hair loss," (b) "increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when attempting to resist the behavior," (c) "pleasure gratification or relief when pulling out the hair," (d) "the diagnosis is not given if the hair-pulling is better accounted for by another mental disorder," and (e) "the disturbance must cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning" (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p.
2), (3) The most robust trials of pharmacotherapy monotherapy were for N-acetylcysteine and naltrexone; both medications had significantly greater reduction in hair-pulling symptoms compared with placebo.
An A-B-C model of habit disorders: hair-pulling, skin-picking, and other stereotypic conditions.
DEVASTATED Chris Ashton is set to appeal over his four-week ban for hair-pulling.
Things though are getting so desperate that I'm expecting Tulisa and Kelly to save the day with a hair-pulling cat fight and, if all else fails, many costume malfunctions.
Challenge mode asks you to score five bullseyes on the spin, so get set for some serious hair-pulling, but nothing more than you'll be doing in front of the telly watching your favourite team over the next nine months