Treatment & Services

Trichotillomania Patient Care & Treatment: Learn about the most beneficial treatments for the disorder.

Patient Care and Treatment

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In CBT, habit reversal training is considered the first-line intervention for TTM and skin picking. HRT is a multi-component treatment package that includes awareness training, instruction in a competing motor response, and social support. Stimulus control procedures that reduce environmental triggers, block the behavior, or provide alternate sensory stimulation are also often used to treat TTM.

Additional augmenting strategies include techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Hair pulling and skin picking can, in some cases, also respond to medication treatment. Many different classes of medication can be utilized depending on the clinical profile, and whether there are other co-occurring psychiatric conditions.