Trichotillomania NYC treatment options
Trichotillomania is a condition involving pulling out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or other places on the body. Hair pulling is similar to other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB), including skin picking and nail biting. The loss of hair due to hair pulling can lead to low self-esteem, feelings of shame, and difficulties with personal relationships. Some people with trichotillomania report frustration that a seemingly voluntary action feels so “out of control.” They have been told by others to “just stop,” but find it is not so easy to stop and not resume the habit.
The Trichotillomania program at the Manhattan Center for CBT provides treatment for adults and adolescents. Treatment is provided by either Dr. Visvanathan, Dr. Chen, Dr. Arocho, or others specializing in trichotillomania. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for trichotillomania is focused more on the hair-pulling behavior happening in the present rather than on the possible origin of the behavior, or even one’s feelings about the behavior. This type of therapy for trichotillomania (and other BFRBs) uses awareness training, stimulus control and competing response training. These techniques teach strategies to tolerate urges to pull while using techniques that prevent pulling. Research has established that this type of cognitive-behavioral therapy can result in substantial reductions in hair-pulling even with short-term treatment. Call (646) 863-4225 for further information or to schedule a consultation.