Compulsive hair pulling or plucking can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose compulsive hair pulling or plucking, we could:
Do you have an urge or habit of pulling or plucking hairs from your body beyond the removal of selected hairs for cosmetic reasons?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, from time to time
→ Yes, I habitually pull hairs out
→ Yes, I habitually pull hairs out and eat them