An Effective Treatment for Chronic Hair Pulling
Lots of people engage in repetitive behaviors; most of us eat on a regular basis for example. But some people engage in behaviors they repeat over and over again, sometimes resulting in personal harm, and over which they cannot seem to exert control. Such behaviors are then termed 'compulsive.' One such is trichotillomania, or chronic hair pulling. (The word itself isn't as bizarre as it sounds. Tricho always refers to hair, tillo to pull out, and mania, insanity.) Those who manifest trichotillomania will pull out their own hair, creating bald patches. But now a good news study in this week's Archives of General Psychiatry suggests an effective treatment.