Trichotillomania – hair pulling help

Trichotillomania is seen to have a combination of complex biological and behavioral causes. Hair-pulling disorder is mainly attributed to an imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in  the brain, mainly dopi1116mine and serotonin. There are many indications that obsessive-compulsive disorder may also be due to failure of the immune system.

These factors tend to increase the risk of trichotillomania:

Family history.Genetics may play a role in the development of trichotillomania, and the disorder may   occur in those who have a close relative with the disorder.

Age. Trichotillomania usually develops just before or during the early teens — most often between the ages of 11 and 13 — and is often a lifelong problem. Infants also can be prone to hair pulling, but this is usually mild and goes away on its own without treatment.

Negative emotions. For many people with trichotillomania, hair pulling is a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.

Positive reinforcement. People with trichotillomania often find that pulling out hair feels satisfying and provides a measure of relief. As a result, they continue to pull their hair to maintain these positive feelings.

Other disorders. People who have trichotillomania may also have other disorders, such as depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

hirudo trichTreatment with leeches can brings positive results.  Leeches contain in their saliva many substances which may stimulate the growth of hair (improving circulation, nourishes the hair roots ) and contain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, acetylcholine and hormons of happiness (endorphin). Leech therapy stimulates and increases immune system activity

We invite patients from: Luton, Milton Keynes, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton, Bedford, Coventry, Peterborough and the surrounding area.