Do I Have Trichotillomania? If you are asking this question you most likely have been pulling hair for some time, but only ever regarded it as a bad habit. Then one day something makes you stop and wonder if there is more to it than that. Source: American Psychiatric Association One of the key clues that behavior may have a clinical component is if it has a negative impact on your functioning and your ability to engage in meaningful occupations, or if it negatively affects your relationships. Some of the warning signs that hair pulling is affecting your function include: Not being able to go out in public without covering up the pulling site, e.g. wearing hats, scarves, sunglasses Avoidance of social situations when conditions are windy or wet, e.g. swimming Constantly being late due to spending extended periods of time pulling Feeling you are not in control of the ability to stop pulling When presented before a health professional, diagnosis of hair pulling … [Read more...] about Now I Know I Have Trichotillomania, What Can I Do About It?