Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 159–168 | Cite as

Trichotillomania in children and adolescents: Review of the literature and case report

  • Balkozar S. Adam
  • Javad H. Kashani


Hair pulling is an uncommon behavior for which a standard treatment modality has not yet been established; additionally its prognosis is generally guarded. This article reviews the literature and comments upon the demographic, dermatologic, clinical and psychodynamic features of trichotillomania. The various diagnostic association and the treatment approaches are discussed. A case of trichotillomania is presented and the possible relationship between trichotillomania and anxiety is explored.

Key words

Trichotillomania Anxiety Children Adolescent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Balkozar S. Adam
    • 2
    • 1
  • Javad H. Kashani
  1. 1.Medical Director of Turning Point Children's Unit at Arkansas Children's HospitalUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle Rock

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