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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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Coaching point: Although the second puller must wrap on the play-side LB, he must keep his eyes on him as he is pulling in case the LB runs through.
He will follow that pulling guard and have a great shot at bringing down the ball-carrier for a loss (Diag.
If the workout has a "pull" emphasis, we would insert one set of a "press" exercise between pulling pyramids.
He must not go deeper than three yards when pulling, and he must be prepared to block any threat crossing his face (don't let anyone run through
But with the FB, pulling guard, and Z blocking out ahead, a double team will usually clear the way for the TB.
If the blitz isn't there, he will continue down the LOS to lead the play upfield - while reading the blocks of the pulling linemen.