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The compulsive pulling out of one's own hair—formally, chronic traction alopecia—to the point that it is noticeable and causing significant distress or impairment. It affects up to 2.5 million in the US, begins in childhood, and is more common in girls—female:male ratio is 8:1 in pre-adolescents and 3:1 in adults—peaking at age 12–13; it is a disorder of impulse control, linked to tics, and habit disorders—e.g., thumb-sucking—and attributed to unresolved psychodynamic conflicts, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression
DiffDx Alopecia areata, tinea capitis, traction alopecia, loose anagen syndrome
Complications Patchy alopecia, suppurative dermatitis, permanent loss of hair, repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, gastrointestinal obstruction due to trichophagia, which begets trichobezoars
Management Hypnosis, behaviour modification, psychotherapy, IMAOs, amitriptyline, etc. have been tried with varying degrees of success; tricyclic antidepressants—e.g., clomipramine—may be effective short-term


v 1. to draw toward oneself.
n 2. technique used in massage therapy to stretch and lengthen muscle fibers and to increase elasticity of soft tissues. Also used to assess elasticity and to test rebound response of soft tissues.

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Q. Pulling pain in anus. Dear friends, I am 32. I feel a Pulling pain in anus sometimes while i finish passing stool and some times when i sit for long time. No bleeding so far. Is it a symptoms of piles? If so what can be done to cure it without going to doctor or operation. Please help me. This pain makes me to feel that i am very old.

A. horsechestnut is supposed to help...here is some info about it:

but i wouldn't get my hopes high.

Q. What would you do if a friend showed up to your house and pulled out a quarter pound of cocaine? True story: What would you do if a friend showed up to your house and pulled out a quarter pound of cocaine, and a bunch of other narcotics all bagged up individually, and then asked if you wanted the first go at them?

A. First of all, I'd probably go ‘Hey, what do you think you are DOING with all that! And why the hell are you at my house with this load of rubbish?? But then I'd probably calm down a bit, and we'd go round to the police station, just round the corner from my place and hand it in. I have a lot more conscience now than I used to and there is no way I am going to encourage a situation like this!

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Oil pulling is when you take a small amount of oil in your mouth and swish it around or 'pull' it between your teeth.
Little Abagail, pulling inside the teacup handle, is recovered from the lake where she was hurled by the cracking boulder.
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the beauty of The Power of Pull is that the authors bring such seemingly disparate ideas into one simple, overarching imperative: Stop pushing; start pulling.
Each web edge will attempt to maintain a 90-degree entry angle to each Adjusta-Pull nip assembly, effectively pulling on each edge of the web, removing wrinkles.
Standing along Jumeirah Beach, Elham demonstrated her strength by pulling a Range Rover that weighs about two-and-a-half tonnes.
THIS EDITION OF Fit to Hunt targets a very important part of your bowhunting body--the pulling muscles.
Described as ideal for pulling CIPP liners, fold and form liners, conventional and specialty sliplining, CCTV and cable through innerduct, the new winch can pull up to 3,280 feet of 3/8-inch cable at pulling speeds of up to 160 feet per minute.
The main features of the disorder include recurrent hair pulling with noticeable hair loss or thinning; tension or uncomfortable feelings (for example, itch or urge) prior to pulling; and some sense of pleasure, gratification, or relief as a result of the pulling.
Try removing one from a wall by pulling its side, and usually only a small wedge will come off.
With almost a month left to pull papers, however, candidates for this and more positions are sure to be stepping forward and pulling papers.
But physicists discovered that, if gravity were the only force pulling matter in, anything caught by the pull would remain in permanent orbit.