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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book on treating trichotillomania is a powerful addition to a continuing series on anxiety and related disorders. While this is a less than mainstream illness, it most certainly deserves the attention the authors have so clearly provided.
Purpose: The book serves a number of purposes, and one which stands out is the detailed foundation it lays out for cognitive-behavioral therapy for this condition. It provides a structured explanation for the many facets of incorporating CBT in practice with this population. It is refreshing that the authors view their book as an aid for clinicians who design their own treatments rather than the definitive work on the topic.
Audience: Psychologists and other mental health professionals will find this valuable for their practice. Graduate students will benefit from the advanced knowledge and overall understanding of trichotillomania.
Features: The authors provide a strong foundation for understanding this condition, complete with a solid review of what clinical measures can be employed in ascertaining the diagnosis. Treatment is a substantial portion of the book, and rightly so, and the authors explain the major CBT techniques such as relaxation and cognitive restructuring. One major highlight is the emphasis on self-monitoring which is important for all psychiatric disorders.
Assessment: This is one of the best books available on trichotillomania, and clinicians are strongly urged to have this invaluable reference on their shelves.