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Edited by experts in the field, Trichotillomania addresses the importa nce of the study of hair pulling from both a clinical and a research p erspective. Documenting the clinical phenomenology, morbidity, and ma nagement of trichotillomania, it discusses the phenomenology of childh ood trichotillomania, providing a comprehensive description of its sym ptoms and sequelae. Of particular value for the clinician are contrib utions on the assessment of trichotillomania and a detailed cognitive- behavioral treatment plan. The use of medication, the place of a psyc hodynamic perspective, the value of behavioral interventions and the r ole of hypnotherapy are also thoroughly discussed.

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Editorial Reviews

New England Journal of Medicine
Each of these experts gives a clear, concise description of the methods used in the treatment of compulsive hair pulling. They also provide a realistic assessment of the risks and benefits of the therapies, thus allowing clinicians to offer their patients the best treatment options. Since most patients with trichotillomania require combination therapy (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy and selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors), practitioners will appreciate that specific guidelines are presented for multimodal therapies. Given the fact that 1 percent of Americans have trichotillomania, every health care professional should read this clear, concise guidebook.
Provides a thorough discussion of the much misunderstood condition of trichotillomania, or hair-pulling, written by psychiatrists, psychologists, and researchers. The volume's 11 contributions range from the phenomenology of childhood trichotillomania to assessment, interventions, and new research showing that while the conditions lies on the spectrum of obsessive-compulsive disorders, there are significant differences between trichotillomania and OCD. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487597
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan J. Stein, M.B., is Director of the MRC Research Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa.

Gary A. Christenson, M.D., is Director of the Mental Health Clinic, Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Eric Hollander, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Introduction: why trichotillomania? Trichotillomania: descriptive characteristics and phenomenology. The neurobiology of trichotillomania. Veterinary models of compulsive self-grooming: parallels with trichotillomania. Pharmacotherapy of trichotillomania. Psychoanalytic perspectives on trichotillomania. Behavioral treatment for trichotillomania. Hypnosis in the treatment of trichotillomania. Hair pulling in children and adolescents. Trichotillomania and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Manual for the cognitive-behavioral treatment of trichotillomania. Assessment of trichotillomania. Index.

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