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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Habit Disorders

09/20/2006

Question:

This has been occurring since my teens. I pull my eyelashes out during my sleep. It may happen once a month or 2times a month or not occur until 4 month from now. What is the cause? Cure ?

Answer:

It sounds like you may have a habit disorder which may require treatment by a physician if it bothers you as it appears to.  Habit disorders start with functional bits of behavior that the brain learns then it progresses in circumstances which are inappropriate or harmful.  It can be treated.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati