At some point in your life, you may have had an experience where you felt so frustrated or angry that you almost could have pulled your hair out. What you may not realize is that this is an actual disorder. It’s called trichotillomania, and it’s essentially an impulse control disorder. The people who have this condition know that they’re damaging themselves when they twist or even rip their hair out, and yet they cannot stop themselves from doing it anyway.
There are 55 million men in this country who struggle with hair loss—and if you’re not one of them, you may be worried that you could be. Hair loss is something that causes no small amount of anxiety in men, especially those who know that it’s a family trait. If your father lost his hair, there is a good chance that you’ll follow suit—or so the thinking goes.