Hair Pulling Screening Quiz

Do I have Hair pulling disorder (Trichotillomania)?

This screening tool is designed as a guide to determine if you might have a problem with hair pulling.

Yes No Do you pull hair out of your head?
Yes No Do you pull your eyelashes and/or eyebrows?
Yes No Do you pull out hair on your arms and/or legs?
Yes No Do you pull out your pubic hair?
Yes No Do you pull hair elsewhere in your body?
Yes No Do you pull out hair when you are anxious or depressed?
Yes No Do you pull out hair when you are bored?
Yes No Do you pull out hair when you are engaged in other activities? (i.e., watching TV, talking on the phone, using the computer, at a movie theatre, during class, while driving).
Yes No Are you often not aware that you are pulling your hair out, and only realize it after some time has passed?
Yes No Do you have noticeable bald or thinning spots where you pull you hair?
Yes No Do you use hats, make-up, and/or clothing to camouflage my hair loss?
Yes No Do you avoid going out because I am embarrassed or ashamed about my hair?
Yes No Do you often pull in the morning before work/school?
Yes No Do you often pull at night before bed?
Yes No Prior to, or during a hair pulling episode, do you often feel a sense of tension, itching, tingling, or pressure?
Yes No Do you often feel powerless to resist the urge to pull your hair out?
Yes No Do you often get a sense of relief, gratification, and/or pleasure when you pull your hair out?
Yes No Do you also pick at your skin to the point of causing damage to your skin?
Yes No Do you also do other self-damaging behaviors (i.e., cutting, burning, head banging)?
Yes No Are you significantly distressed, anxious, and/or depressed about you hair pulling?
Yes No Is your hair pulling interfering with you relationships and/or with your academic or professional functioning?

If your answered Yes to any of the questions above AND it is causing distress or interference in your life, you may have Hair pulling disorder. However, a licensed psychologist can make a more accurate diagnosis. Consider getting in touch with us for a complete and thorough evaluation.

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