The Hair-pulling Problem

The Hair-pulling Problem : A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania, one of the family of obsessive-compulsive disorders, may afflict as many as six to eight million people in the US alone. This is a guide to the syndrome, filled with reassuring advice for patients and their families. Endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the handbook includes all the information a patient or relative needs to understand the illness and to cope with it. Dr Penzel provides a detailed discussion of causes and he reviews all the treatment options, describing the most effective medications and their side effects, as well as the recommended cognitive and behavioural treatments. He shows patients how to design a self-help programme and gain control of their compulsive behaviour, and how to prevent relapse. He describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggests coping strategies for families at home and in public more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 8 line illustrations
  • 0195149424
  • 9780195149425
  • 374,738

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"A must-have for anyone who has suffered in isolation." --Christina Pearson, Executive Director, Trichotillomania Learning Center"The Hair-Pulling Problem really deserves the description self-help book. You can really use it to get control of your hair pulling and your life." --Patricia Perkins, Executive Director, The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation"A wonderfully clear and helpful book aimed at patients. A very helpful guide for patients who suffer from this painful disorder."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Harvard Medical School"An accessible, comprehensive, sensitive, and scientifically accurate look at Trichotillomania, a silent and potentially devastating disorder.... The lay public should read this book if for no other reason to understand the complexity and diversity of problems with which we as humans struggle and eventually overcome."--OCD Newslettershow more

About Fred Penzel

Fred Penzel, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services, in Huntington, New York. He sits on the Science Advisory Board of both the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and is a longtime contributor to the newsletters of both organizations. The author of the highly successful handbook Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Dr. Penzel lectures on trichotillomania and conducts numerous workshops both nationally and internationally and he has appeared on NBC's Dateline in a segment about this more

Table of contents

1. What is Trichotillomania?; 2. The Shame of it All - What to do about it; 3. The Causes of TTM - Why do people pull?; 4. Some Facts About Hair; 5. How TTM is Treated; 6. Designing a self-help program; 7. Medication and TTM Treatment; 8. Recovery and Maintenance; 9. TTM and Your Child; 10. TTM and the Other People in Your Life; 11. Resources for Getting Help; Appendix A: TTM, skin picking and nail biting symptom checklist; Appendix B: TTM clinical rating scales and questionnaires; Appendix C: Official DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for trichotillomaniashow more

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