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Psychol Rep. 2003 Feb;92(1):228-30.

Trichotillomania (hair pulling) in toddlers.

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  • 1University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Columbia 29208, USA.


Although the clinical diagnosis of trichotillomania has been observed for more than a century, not until the last decade has there been a focus on this diagnosis in early childhood. This small case series focuses on the clinical evaluation of 10 toddlers, average of 26 mo., presenting at a specialty child and adolescent psychiatry clinic with hair pulling. Authors suggest that hair pulling in this age group might better be conceptualized as an anxiety disorder.

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