Authors: Reneta Slikboer, VIC
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings, compulsive hair pulling
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Trichotillomania is otherwise known as compulsive hair pulling. It is typically chronic, lasting approximately two decades. It involves compulsively pulling out one’s own hair, one strand at a time over many hours. It pervades every aspect of an individual’s life resulting in high levels of distress and disability. Symptoms are commonly described as waxing and waning. The meaning of this description, the supportive evidence, and its usefulness to clinicians are discussed herein. Further implications for clinical practice are made based on the subtypes of focused and automatic pulling styles. To ascertain the availability of treatment and support for those experiencing trichotillomania in Australia, a basic Google search was conducted. This approached was utilised as the internet is likely to be the first tool individuals with trichotillomania will use in seeking help. It was found that there is a lack of services in Australia for those experiencing trichotillomania.
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