Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling): Nature, assessment and treatment
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Trichotillomania (Hair-pulling): Nature, assessment and treatment

Joe Curran Principal Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Community Health Sheffield NHS Trust
Paul Rogers Wales Office of Research & Development Researcher, Caswell Clinic, Glanrhyd Hospital Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust & Sector of Nursing, Health Service Research Department Institute of Psychiatry

Trichotillomania is characterised by recurrent hair-pulling, leading to noticeable hair loss, which in turn leads to a wide range of cognitive, behavioural and affective symptoms. As a result, sufferers can develop physical problems and profound social handicaps. The condition appears to have a positive response to cognitive behaviour therapy and nurses trained in these methods can often be the ideal choice of therapist.

Mental Health Practice. 5, 2, 33-38. doi: 10.7748/mhp2001.

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