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Clarkston, MI
A 19-year-old female asked:

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hester
23 years experience
Clinical hypnosis: Hypnotherapy when performed by competent clinical hypnotherapists can be effective. Most clinical hypnotherapists are psychiatrists so consult your local psychiatric society to find help in your area.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www.ocfoundation.org for support. Ask for help.

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