In social media recently this relationship has once again come up when Dan, an adult with Aspergers Syndrome speaks about having trichotillomania on his Youtube channel Aspie World. As someone with Aspergers, known informerly as an Aspie, Dan vlogs about his daily life and shares information he thinks will be helpful to other aspies. Individuals with trichotillomania engage in excessive hair pulling, and individuals with excoriation disorder engage in excessive skin picking. In some cases, the obsessive-compulsive and related disorders are also characterized by intrusive, unwanted, or distressing thoughts, called obsessions, which come to mind again and again.
Trichotillomania usually occurs in adolescence in the first instance. However, the disorder has occurred in very young children, through to adults up to approximately 60 years of age. During childhood, the disorder affects males and females in equal numbers; in adulthood, females are affected more often than males. As of March , The Trichotillomania Learning Center (erot.xyz) has a new name: The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization devoted to ending the suffering caused by hair pulling (trichotillomania) disorder, skin picking (excoriation) disorder, and .
in , Dr. Jon Grant published a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, on the effectiveness of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as a pharmacological treatment for trichotillomania, skin picking, and nail-biting. In his report, Dr. Grant wrote that 56% of the subjects experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of these behaviors. Many adults with trichotillomania live in denial as to the severity of their hair pulling. It is a good idea to undergo a complete hair-pulling evaluation to .