Dissociative episodes characterised by hair-pulling in a late adolescent woman
BMJ case reports
Anxiety disorders (including OCD and PTSD); Child and adolescent psychiatry; Child and adolescent psychiatry (paediatrics); Psychiatry
A woman in late adolescence with a history of sickle cell disease, moyamoya disease, cerebrovascular accident, mild intellectual disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, functional seizures, generalised anxiety disorder and transient psychosis was referred for a psychiatry consultation. She presented with worsening episodes of dissociation characterised by compulsory hair-pulling. Limited research exists regarding patients engaging in activities of automated behaviour during episodes of dissociation. Thus, we aim to describe a case of a patient with episodes of hair-pulling during dissociative events to discuss the aetiology and treatment. We are describing the aetiology and treatment of a patient with episodes of hair-pulling during dissociative events.
Healey, Danielle Nicole; Lee, Jessica J.; Getzoff Testa, Elizabeth; and Gautam, Rishi, "Dissociative episodes characterised by hair-pulling in a late adolescent woman" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3341.
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