Those with Trichotillomania (TTM), commonly referred to as “Tric” pull their hair compulsively. Specifically, they often pull from their scalp, eyebrows and lashes, though they also pull from other area of the body. People with TTM will sometimes pull other’s hair or the the hair of pets. The pulling leads to hair loss and goes on despite efforts to stop. While some assume this hair-pulling is a form of self-harm, most who pull find it to be pleasant and soothing. Indeed, people with TTM enjoy pulling, and it often takes on an addictive quality for them. People often pull to manage emotions and to achieve or avoid certain sensory experiences. The habit is also triggered by associations with certain postures and environments.
TREATMENT FOR TRICHOTILLOMANIA
There are a few go-to treatments for those with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). One is Habit Reversal Training (HRT). This therapy supports people’s awareness of pulling through logging. Treatment also involves competing response training, in which a person tenses their muscles in a way that is incompatible with pulling for one minute whenever the urge to pull arises. HRT also includes relaxation techniques, like diaphragmatic breathing.
More recent models of HRT, often called HRT Plus, have included Stimulus Control (SC) as part of the approach. SC refers to the fact that certain factors can trigger behaviors. To interrupt these factors, HRT Plus uses techniques, like the use of habit blockers (things that prevent the behavior, like bandaids or hats), stimulation replacements (like fidget toys), and environmental changes to support reduced pulling.
Treatment for TTM also includes a Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) Model of Treatment. With ComB, individuals track pulling and also note what triggered their pulling. Triggers are organized into five categories: Sensory, Cognitive, Affective, Motor and Place Domains. ComB uses the acronym SCAMP to help people remember these five domains. By noting what precedes pulling, a person can be better prepared for future triggers.
INTERESTED IN TREATMENT FOR TRICHOTILLOMANIA?
Are you or a loved one struggling with a Trichotillomania and looking for help? Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind use ComB or HRT to support those with TTM. You can learn more about the treatments and services we provide here.
The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers
therapy in several states and abroad.
Learn more about where the staff practices, below.
The Center for the Obsessive Mind’s staff therapists offer online treatment for Trichotillomania throughout California. Our Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego. Whether you’re in Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills or Dana Point, the Center’s staff can support you in your recovery.
Staff members at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer therapy for Trichotillomania in the state of Utah. Since we offer online treatment, we work with people who live all across the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.
Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also offer treatment for Trichotillomania online in Florida. We see people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, we can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.
Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also practice teletherapy in Nevada. So if you’re seeking help in Glenbrook, Incline Village, Reno or Las Vegas, we offer specialized treatment for Trichotillomania online across the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to all of these locations, the staff at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer teletherapy for Trichotillomania to a number of countries internationally.
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy will meet for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.
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