Miss Jennifer (name changed), 12 years old, started experiencing recurrent hair loss. Jennifer started with a habit of pulling her own hair almost 3 years ago. She would do this when she was tensed about her lessons and this activity increased as exams approached. Jennifer was not known to have any health problems until then, her mother noticed that Jenny’s hair looked as if broken. Her dermatologist diagnosed the condition as “Trichotillomania”.
(Trichotillomania: Is classified as an impulse control disorder is the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment. It is often chronic and difficult to treat.
Trichotillomania may be present in infants, but the peak age of onset is 9 to 13. It may be triggered by depression or stress. Due to social implications the disorder is often unreported and it is difficult to accurately predict its prevalence; the lifetime prevalence is estimated to be between 0.6% (overall) and may be as high as 1.5% (in males) to 3.4% (in females).
Jenny’s first dose was started in month of May 2011; progressively she started noticing partial improvement in her symptoms. Over the period of 4 months her habit of hair pulling decreased considerably and noticed improvement in her thin hair. Now Jenny felt less tensed before her exams and was able to cope well with her daily lessons. Her overall health also started improving.
Seeing the positive treatment trend, we are sure that Jenny and her hair will be absolutely normal again!