Hair-pulling can be a simple holding of the hair, to violent, forceful tugs. Whether pulling our own hair or someone else’s, this can lead to hair loss and extreme pain.
The term Trichotillomania- according to nhs.uk– is ‘when someone cannot resist the urge to pull out their hair‘.
Is this the same as a tic disorder?
The NIH: National Library of Medicine, published the article– ‘Trichotillomania is more related to Tourette disorder than to obsessive-compulsive disorder‘ (1)… not that this answers the question directly, but has us heading in that direction.
1. Lamothe H, Baleyte JM, Mallet L, Pelissolo A. Trichotillomania is more related to Tourette disorder than to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Braz J Psychiatry. 2020 Jan-Feb;42(1):87-104. doi: 10.1590/1516-4446-2019-0471. PMID: 31576938; PMCID: PMC6986481.