Category: Behavior


Trichotillomania is a type of impulse control disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair. People with trichotillomania pull hair out at the root from places like the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic area. Some people pull large handfuls of hair while others pull one strand at a time. The scalp is the most common pulling site, followed by the eyebrows, eyelashes, face, arms, and legs.
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It’s a perplexing phenomenon with many names: self-injury, self-harm, self-mutilation, self-inflicted violence, self-cutting, and self-abuse, to name a few. Family members, friends, supporters – even many professionals – struggle to understand why people self harm and find the behavior disturbing and puzzling. The practice is not limited to teens. Self-harm in adults also takes place and is not unusual.
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Risky Behavior—Thrill Seeking or Uninformed?

The brain goes through a course of maturation during adolescence and does not reach its adult form until the mid-twenties. A long-standing theory of adolescent behavior has assumed that delayed brain maturity is the cause of impulsive and dangerous decision making. A new study, using a new form of brain imaging, calls into question this theory.
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