Open Journal of  Psychiatry& Allied Sciences. 2015;6:68-70. Epub 2014 Dec 24.

A rare case of trichotillomania with antisocial personality disorder.

Singh P, Gehlawat P, Gupta R, Soni S.


Trichotillomania (TTM) is characterised by recurrent and irresistible urge to pull out one’s own body hair. It is often associated with trichorrhizophagia in which there is a habit to eat the roots of pulled out hairs. It can also present with many comorbid psychiatric problems including personality disorders. High rates of comorbid mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders have been detected in patients of TTM. The lifetime prevalence of comorbid personality disorders has been much less extensively studied. We present a rare case of 28-year-old male having TTM with antisocial personality disorder and discuss difficult management issues with this comorbidity. Our patient improved with a combination of fluoxetine and sodium valproate.


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