The hair pulling disorder Trichotillomania is characterized by a strong urge to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, beard or eyelashes and results in hair loss. As trichotillomania expert Sheila told us in our interview with her, the disease can cause emotional distress and has an effect on the social life and confidence of affected people. As it is not easy to live with the hair pulling disorder, many patients are searching for an effective Trichotillomania cure. Read on to learn how to treat trichotillomania!
Basically, there are two main forms of trichotillomania treatments (psychotherapy & pharmacotherapy) that can help to alleviate the symptoms of individuals. As the hair pulling disorder is a psychological disease, there is no universal therapy or cure that works for everyone. However, psychotherapy used to treat trichotillomania is mainly based on cognitive behavior therapy.
By doing so, thoughts and emotions that lead to pulling hair can be identified. Furthermore, cognitive behavior therapy includes habit reversal, awareness training, and stimulus control in order to help trichotillomania patients to control their urge to pull out hair. Therapies that are supposed to help with other mental health disorders which often come along with trichotillomania, such as depression or anxiety, can also be an important part of the treatment.
Pharmacotherapy refers to the use of different medications in order to treat an illness. As a treatment for trichotillomania, a variety of medications have been used and tried on individuals in the past years. Clomipramine, n-acetyl cysteine and olanzapine had positive effects on some patients. Of these options, generally speaking, n-acetyl cysteine seems to be the most well-tolerated medication considering the side effects.
Overall, trichotillomania is a disease that needs a unique treatment for every affected person and there is no universal cure known yet. For some patients psychotherapy works best, some get along better with pharmacotherapy and some consider a combination of both as the best solution for them. In every case, deep research is necessary in order to find the most efficient,long-term, and safe treatment.
At Salon Ziba we can’t cure trichotillomania. What we can do is make trichotillomania patients feel better, accept themselves with the disorder and let their confidence grow again. As the hair pulling disorder affects the hair and often results in bald spots, thinning hair, or other forms of damage, some affected people are insecure about their appearance and don’t feel beautiful. Our trichotillomania expert Sheila has a lot of experience and knows how to fix those problems. In a private trichotillomania consultation with Sheila, you will find the perfect solution matching your concerns about your hair. From extensions over a Brazilian blowout to products that will help you get your hair back in shape, everything is possible. See some of the transformations Sheila achieved: