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Trich in history

  • There is evidence through art and literature that hair pulling has been in existence for thousands of years.
  • References to hair pulling are made in both The Bible and Homer's The Illiad.
  • Numerous artists, through paintings and sculpture, have portrayed people pulling out their hair during times of crisis.
  • The term trichotillomania was coined by Hallopeau in 1889 and is derived from the Greek words trich (hair), tillo (to pull) and mania (frenzy), thus describing a "hair pulling frenzy."
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    About Trichotillomania

    Often, the pulled hair is examined for a large or whole root, which for many people is the purpose for pulling the hair.

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