Are you struggling with a habit disorder?
CBT Therapy aims to help you be able to identify patterns in your behaviour. It can also help you cope with feelings that are difficult to manage, which could be the cause of your habit. With your therapist, you will gain an insight into your behaviour and then discuss ways to intervene. Treatment will involve changing external cues and habit reversal.
What is a Habit Disorder?
Habit disorders can be classified as things you repeatedly do but without a clear motivation or reason for doing so. Habit disorders can range from hair pulling (trichotillomania) and lip biting, to gambling and pathological stealing (kleptomania).
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What you need to know
Trichophagia is characterized by the person eating hair, usually their own; primarily after pulling it out. Most often, hair is pulled out and then the ends of the root bulb are eaten, or occasionally the hair shaft itself. The hair eventually collects in the gastrointestinal tract (on occasion, and depending upon the severity of symptoms) causing indigestion and stomach pain. Sometimes those with the disorder may even eat the hair of others. In the psychiatric field, it is considered a compulsive psychological disorder.
Rapunzel syndrome, an extreme form of trichobezoar in which the "tail" of the hairball extends into the intestines, and can be fatal if misdiagnosed. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove the mass.