Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh) is categorized as an Impulse Control Disorder and OCD are related through triggers.
Trichotillomania consists of repetitive, uncontrollable pulling of one’s body hair. Most commonly, scalp hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows are pulled, although hair may be pulled from any part of the body. It may occur in people who have been going through stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and harassment for a long time
Trichotillomania can occur when a person experiences feelings such as anxiety, excitement, or boredom. According to experts emotions like guilt, low-esteem may trigger Trichotillomania. Some report that the act of repetitively pulling is pleasurable. Many hours can be spent pulling, and can negatively impact a person’s social, work and family relationships.
OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a personality disorder characterized by obsessive fears and worries that drive you to practice repetitive behaviors to relieve your anxiety.
Matricaria recutita — the German chamomile drug treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder — is used to deal with the symptoms of anxiety. German Chamomile has a natural sedative effect, relieve frustration and reduce mental stress.
Kava-Kava: It is used in herbal medications to cure insomnia and anxiety and can be very helpful for OCD as well. But it might have some side-effects on the liver in some cases.
Gotu Kola: It is used to treat depression and anxiety, especially in Chinese medicine. It has been found to be helpful for OCD patients as well.
Passiflora can decrease the anxiety that many OCD sufferers feel on a constant basis. Some herbal remedies combine Passiflora with St John’s Wort to treat anxiety and depression.
St. John’s Wort is being studied as a natural treatment for OCD. It acts as an antidepressant that affects serotonin levels in the body. Some studies have shown improvements in OCD after using St. John’s Wort.
OCD remedies should be used under the guidance and supervision of a qualified practitioner; everyone is different and proper dosages need to be determined.