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DERMATILLOMANIA AND TRICHOTILLOMANIA SURVEY RESULTS!

Number of Participants: 

50

Age range of Participants:

14-32

Place of Participants:

Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, United Kingdom, United States

Disorders of Participants:

  • Derma (D)= 4
  • Derma (N/A)= 4
  • Derma (SD)= 28
  • Trich (N/A)= 2
  • Trich (SD)= 1
  • Trich (D)= 1
  • Both (SD)= 6
  • Both (Trich (D) Derma (SD)= 4

Average age of Onset of Disorder:

10.62

What they do when they pick/pull:

  • Cutting= 23
  • Hair-pulling= 26
  • Scratching= 40
  • Interference with the healing of wounds= 39
  • Skin pulling= 28
  • Picking= 47
  • Popping= 45
  • Squeezing= 39
  • Using utensils (eg. tweezers, needles)= 8
  • Snapping the ends of hair= 1
  • Nail ripping= 1
  • Nail biting= 2

Frequency of Picking/Pulling:

  • 2 or more times a week= 2
  • More than once a day= 42
  • A few times a week= 2
  • Once a day= 6

Longest they have gone without picking/pulling:

  • A Few Hours= 6
  • 1 Day= 4
  • 1 or 2 Days= 3
  • 36 Hours= 1
  • 3 Days= 2
  • 4 Days= 1
  • 5 Days= 1
  • A Few Days= 7
  • 1 Week= 9
  • 9 Days= 1
  • 16 Days= 1
  • 2 Weeks= 1
  • A Few Weeks= 2
  • 70 Days= 1
  • 1 Month= 3
  • 6 Months= 1
  • 9 Months= 1
  • A Few Months= 1

When/Where do they usually pick/pull:

  • In the morning= 18
  • At school/work= 25
  • In public= 13
  • In the bathroom= 33
  • In bed= 27
  • Before going to sleep= 36
  • Before showering= 29
  • After showering= 22
  • Whilst showering= 13
  • Whilst watching television= 31
  • Whilst eating= 7
  • While others are around= 17
  • When no one is around= 39
  • There is no limit= 4
  • Transport= 1
  • Random places/times= 1

Where do they pick/pull on their body:

  • Face= 43
  • Scalp= 34
  • Eyebrows= 23
  • Eyelashes= 13
  • Pubic area= 19
  • Buttock (bum)= 17
  • Chest= 26
  • Breasts= 19
  • Nipples= 16
  • Arms= 37
  • Legs= 31
  • Torso= 17
  • Feet= 18
  • Hands= 25
  • Nails= 28
  • Lips= 22
  • Back= 13
  • Shoulders= 14
  • Arm pits= 5
  • Nose hairs= 1
  • Ears= 5

Do they have main area on their body in which they pick/pull?

  • Face= 19
  • Scalp= 16
  • Eyebrows= 1
  • Eyelashes= 2
  • Pubic area= 2
  • Chest= 6
  • Arms= 19
  • Legs= 10
  • Torso= 3
  • Feet= 4
  • Hands= 6
  • Nails= 1
  • Back= 6
  • Shoulders= 5
  • Arm pits= 2
  • Nose hairs= 1
  • Ears= 3

 
Why do they pick the most in these main areas on their body?

  • Accessibility= 7
  • Easy to hide= 5
  • Most blemishes= 18
  • Ingrown hair= 2
  • Thick hair= 2

Do they want to stop when they are not picking/pulling?

  • They have stopped= 2
  • They have stopped completely= 0
  • They are trying to stop= 40
  • They don’t want to stop= 2
  • Does not like who they are without it= 1
  • Given up on trying to stop= 1
  • Don’t think they can= 1
  • Not currently trying but would like to stop= 4
  • Scared of life without it= 1

Results on their body:

  • Bald spots= 10
  • No eyelashes= 4
  • No eyebrows= 5
  • Permanent scaring= 35
  • Scabs= 42
  • Scars= 43
  • Open wounds= 33
  • Disfigurement= 6
  • Infection= 23
  • Loss of nails= 6
  • Painful fingers that result in incapability of tasks= 12
  • Painful feet that result in incapability or tasks= 8
  • Painful hands that result in incapability of tasks= 5
  • Thin patches of hair= 2
  • Rough skin= 3
  • Lumps= 2

Avoiding situations:

  • 27 participants in total said they have avoided situations because of their derma/trich
  • 12 – don’t go swimming
  • 9 – avoid social encounters

How Derma/Trich effects their life:

  • Daily tasks= 31
  • Family= 15
  • Friends= 14
  • Partners= 18
  • School/Work= 24
  • Time= 4
  • Impressions= 1

Comfort in telling others:

  • Depends on their mood= 1
  • Find it difficult to explain= 2
  • Not at all comfortable telling others= 10
  • Only if they know them well/trust them= 23
  • Only if they don’t know them well= 9
  • Only if they’re a medical professional= 3
  • Always comfortable telling others= 11

Who knows about their Derma/Trich:

  • No one knows from their knowledge= 4
  • Some people have asked about it but they didn’t tell them=9
  • Some people have a vague idea of it without them telling them= 14
  • Their closest friends= 32
  • Their closest family member(s)= 29
  • All (or most of) their friends know= 6
  • All (or most of) their family knows= 7
  • Their teachers know= 4
  • Their doctor/counsellor/physiologist knows= 17
  • Most of the people in their life know= 4

How other people feel about their Derma/Trich:

  • They tell them just to stop= 33
  • They are disappointed in them= 12
  • They are angry about it= 7
  • They don’t recognise it’s a serious problem= 29
  • They think it’s just a habit= 22
  • They want to help them= 16
  • They don’t think it is something to be ashamed of= 6
  • They don’t care= 9
  • They’re sad about it= 2
  • They don’t understand it= 4
  • It’s not discussed= 2
  • It’s not noticed= 1
  • They think it’s a skin condition= 1

Emotions towards their Derma/Trich:

  • Embarrassment= 46
  • Self-hatred= 33
  • Shame= 38
  • Disappointment= 40
  • Guilt= 34
  • Hopelessness= 24
  • Disgust= 40
  • Stress= 38
  • Weakness= 32
  • Self-conscious in appearance= 47
  • Anxiousness= 40
  • Loss of concentration= 32
  • Strength= 4
  • Positiveness that you will overcome it= 7
  • It happens for a reason= 4
  • Pride = 0
  • Relief= 14
  • Thankfulness= 1
  • Happiness= 2
  • Anger= 19
  • Fear= 2
  • Frustration= 2

Felt like they were the only person with this:

Total Participants= 43

How they felt and found out about their disorder:

  • Felt like a freak= 12
  • Found out through the internet= 32
  • Unaware of disorder= 33
  • Felt alone= 19
  • Found out through magazine= 1
  • Noticed signs in family member= 1
  • Lack of information= 1

Feeling of relief at the time of picking/pulling:

  • Yes= 33
  • No= 1
  • Sometimes= 18
  • Don’t know what they feel= 1

Methods they use to try stop picking/pulling:

  • Hypnotherapy= 4
  • Covering mirrors= 9
  • Wearing fake nails= 11
  • Wearing bandages= 28
  • Wearing gloves= 19
  • Keeping lights off= 6
  • Wearing clothing that covers all skin= 22
  • Wearing hats= 12
  • Applying oils/cream to skin= 14
  • Applying hair treatment= 5
  • Wearing wigs= 2
  • Meditation= 3
  • Hobbies= 5
  • Fidget toys= 9
  • Rewards= 3
  • Nail polish= 4
  • Short nails= 2
  • Punishment= 2
  • Washing skin= 1

What they use to hide their damage:

  • Long-sleeved tops (even when it’s hot)= 17
  • Long pants (even when it’s hot)= 16
  • Headwear (e.g. beanies, hats)= 10
  • Bandages= 18
  • Make up (no matter what)= 25
  • Nothing, I’m comfortable with it= 9
  • Certain hair styles= 7
  • Just enough to cover scars= 3

Have they ever done the following in relation to their Derma/Trich:

  • Thought of committing suicide= 13
  • Planned suicide= 4
  • Attempted suicide= 1
  • Hospitalized= 0

Past trauma:

  • Emotional abuse= 16
  • Physical abuse= 4
  • Sexual abuse= 15
  • Neglect= 7
  • Bullied= 4
  • Sexual Harassment= 1

Have they received professional help from a doctor/physiologist/counsellor for their Derma/Trich:

Total Participants= 15

Have they been prescribed medication:

Total Participants= 11