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September 27, 2006

Trichotillomania May Be Genetic

A new study has found that some cases of trichotillomania, a disorder that compels people to pull out their hair, may be caused by a gene called SLITKR1.

"Society still holds negative perceptions about psychiatric conditions such as trichotillomania. But, if we can show they have a genetic origin, we can improve diagnosis, develop new therapies, and reduce the stereotypes associated with mental illness," says Z├╝chner, in a news release.

Hair Pulling Disorder Tied to Genes

Related Links: Life with Trich, Trichotillomania

Posted by Staff at 7:47 PM


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