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looking for a professional that has studied hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania) in adult patients. have multiple questions. not officially diagnosed but i fit all the criteria for this disorder. i pull out my hair strand by strand which has created b

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hi, : Hi, i recommend that you seek out a therapist in your area that has experience in dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. Word of mouth is helpful. Sometimes clinical psychologists and psychiatrists advertise their areas of expertise when calling a behavioral health clinic it is alright to ask provider or the staff if the person is experienced in working with ocd. Good luck.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Ana Adelstein
26 years experience Clinical Psychology
Look on trich.org: Treatment of choice = habit reversal training which involves a) awareness training; b) training in substituting behavior that competes w/hair-pulling; & c) social support. But hrt has not proven sufficient by itself. Treatment tends to be more successful/enduring when combined cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy &/or psychopharmacology.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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