Pathologic hair-pulling: A review of the literature and case reports

Jon T. Dean, Elliot Nelson, Lori Moss

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Pathologic hair-pulling (trichotillomania) has been described in the dermatologic and psychiatric literature for the last century, but has become the focus of increased attention in the last few years. Once thought to be either a wholly benign condition or a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder, more recently hair-pulling has been noted in the context of numerous types of psychopathology, and has been reported to respond to several different types of intervention, both psychological and somatic. Estimates of its prevalence have varied widely. Because of the disparate conclusions of the literature on this condition, a more careful assessment of diagnostic validity is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


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