Hair-Pulling (Trichotillomania) and SPD
by Nicole Chacin
(Colorado Springs, CO)
So is there any research out there that links SPD to hair-pulling, which is usually diagnosed as Trichotillomania? I've read a ton of research on Trich, but this is the first I've heard of SPD but there are SO many similarities to the two disorders its uncanny!
In Trich, the main thing is a sensory deficit, which causes the child/adult/adolescent, to pull their hair out to meet those sensory needs. Most often they don't even realize they're pulling until someone makes them aware of it. It can mess up their life because some pull until they have bald spots and sores on their scalp.
But the thing that gets me is that most everything I've read about SPD up to this point, tells me that those people who are dealing with hair-pulling would benefit so very much from learning about SPD as well.
Anyone out there have children or you yourself dealing with hair-pulling aspect of SPD and is there any research that links the two disorders?
Here is a link to an article on this very topic in case you didn't see this: Hairpulling & SPD