Diagnosis

An evaluation to determine if you have trichotillomania may include:

  • Examining how much hair loss you have
  • Asking questions and discussing your hair loss with you
  • Eliminating other possible causes of hair pulling or hair loss through testing determined by your doctor
  • Identifying any physical or mental health problems that may be associated with hair pulling
  • Using the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association
Nov. 17, 2016
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