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Morning, The 7 signs of stress (hair loss/ the compulsion to pull it out), this sounds a very similar problem to what I think I am doing, is there anything I can do to help... Thanks Sue

Morning, The 7 signs of stress (hair loss/ the compulsion to pull it out), this sounds a very similar problem to what I think I am doing, is there anything I can do to help... Thanks Sue

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Hair loss can be a one of many signs of stress, but the compulsion to pull your hair out may be a separate condition called Trichotillomania and can be a sign of an underlying psychological issue, some theories suggest pulling out your hair or eye lashes may be a way of relieving stress or anxiety. If you are feeling the compulsion to pull your hair out I would suggest seeing your doctor for referral to a psychotherapist to assess and treat any underlying issue and they may want consider cognitive behavioural therapy as a way to manage this compulsion. Hopefully this will help you,

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