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Psych 101 Article #4 <http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20030616-000002.html> Although we did not specifically address the topic of hair pulling in class, it is an interesting disorder that seems to be related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Trichotillomania is something relatively common that I think most people experience in some form or another. I remember pulling at my eyelashes as a child, finding to fascinating. However, the behavior did not persist for long. I find it fascinating that Jennifer Raikes continued to pull out her own hair, even moving onto her eyebrows; like the compulsion of someone suffering from OCD, she felt compelled to perform a certain behavior over and over. Also like OCD, Raikes recognized that the behavior is irrational, but found it very difficult to stop performing it.
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Unformatted text preview: It is also similar in the sense that it is persistant and interferes with daily life. The persistent theme throughout the article I notice is the ignorance and secrecy involved with having an disorder. Before she realized that she had trichotillomania, Jennifer was plagued with confusion about the relatively unknown psychological disorder. The ignorance of the general public about many common disorders can lead to embarrassment and alienation. Even as Jennifer has been able to find others with her own problem and connect with them, she still fears people finding out about it. It makes me wonder if often a lot of the problems with someone suffering with a psychological disorder is the fear of it being revealed....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Rowekamp during the Spring '08 term at Xavier.

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