Service provided by Dr. Corrick Woodfin
Graduate of TLC’s Virtual Professional Training Institute.
Trichotillomania (TTM) refers to repetitively pulling out one’s hair. It often results in noticeable bald patches.
TTM is one of a number of behaviours known as Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs).
BFRBs are self-grooming behaviours where individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their hair, skin, or nails. BFRBs often result in damage to the body.
Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment.
For some people, TTM is mild and can be managed with extra awareness and concentration. For others, the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.
What treatments are available?
Research into treatments for trichotillomania has grown steadily over the past decade. Although no one treatment has been found to be effective for everyone, a number of treatment options have shown promise for people with TTM.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for hair pulling.