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Old September 6th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #21
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that problem isnt that uncommon..its where people who have a certain level of stress pull out their hair strand by strand and bite the roots of their hair to hear it pop....she should get help. i feel sorry for her
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Old December 10th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #22
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Hi! I do hope that I don't shock you with this. But I have this condition myself. I never realised it was a condition until I watched "This Morning" one Friday when the presenters had a woman in the studio who had plucked her head bald. She referred to the condition as "trichomania." And she wasn't that distressed about the matter. She was laughing and joking with the presenters and admitted that she had caused permanent damage to her hair. It started when she was a small child and she was in a car being driven by her mother, they were rushing to hospital as her father had been in an accident and she began pulling her hair out in chunks. That's how it started with her. She was trying to break the habit despite not being actually traumatised by it and was going to have a special wig made with a mesh. She explained only her real hair she wanted to pull, it was never anybody else's! And you get immune to the pain.

So what I realised what I am doing is this as well, however it isn't head hair I pull. Nor am I bothered enough to try and get help for it. I laugh to my husband about it all the time, he tells me that I "should" be worried about it.

Not all "trichomanias" eat their hair though.

I am sorry if it is ruining this child's life though and hope there is help for her.

Well this is very frank for my first post here and I hope I haven't shocked anyone!
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Old January 31st, 2008, 03:40 PM   #23
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I've heard of this before actually! Can't be good for the digestive system, huh??

ETA: I should've mentioned that I know about trichotillomania, and know a few people with it.... but actually eating the hair is much more rare, i have only heard of it like once before.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 03:54 PM   #24
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Yea, I've never heard of pica before, but trichotillomania is a topic thats been discussed on several occasions in my psych classes. Wow, you learn something new everyday!

Poor girl though :{ I hope it didn't mess her up physically, too. Cause tackling mental and physical problems makes it even harder. :{
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Old February 5th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #25
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You are all correct. If you read the article, the doctors state that they feel she is suffering from allotriophagy. Which is another word for Pica. So then, trichophagia is a specific subsection of Pica.

People with pica frequently crave and consume nonfood items such as:
  • dirt
  • clay
  • paint chips
  • plaster
  • chalk
  • cornstarch
  • laundry starch
  • baking soda
  • coffee grounds
  • cigarette ashes
  • burnt match heads
  • cigarette butts
  • feces
  • ice
  • glue
  • hair
  • buttons
  • paper
  • sand
  • toothpaste
  • soap
Each of these has an individual name to futher define it. Such as, So and So suffers from depression. What type? SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, we can both say someone has depression or we can say they have SAD. We're both right.

Here are some of the names for some of the above listed:
  • acuphagia: Ingestion of sharp objects.
  • amylophagia: Eating laundry starch.
  • bibliophagia: Consumption of books by eating the pages.
  • cautopyreiophagia: Eating burnt matches, ingesting burnt match heads.
  • coniophagia: Consumption of dust.
  • coprophagia: Eating excrement or feces.
  • emetophagia: Ingesting vomit.
  • geomelophagia: Abnormal ingestion of raw potatoes.
  • geophagy: Eating clay, consuming soil, ingesting dirt.
  • gooberphagia: A pathological consumption of peanuts.
  • hematophagy: Ingestion of blood.
  • hyalophagia: Consumption of glass; such as, glass from windows and bottles.
  • lithophagia: Ingestion of stones.
  • mucophagy: Consumption of mucus.
  • pagophagia: Pathological consumption or excessive eating of ice.
  • plumbophagia: Eating lead.
  • trichophagia: Eating hair or wool.
  • urophagia: Drinking urine.
  • xylophagia: Consumption of wood.
BTW - Trichotillomania only has to do with the need to release the stress/mental anguish from the body by a physical release, in this case, pulling hair out of the body. When the hair is pulled from the body, stress is released from the body. No eating involved, thankfully.

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Old February 20th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #26
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It does sound like a form of trich. That was the frist thing I thought when I read this.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #27
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That's terrible she needs help.
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