Tag Archives: Trichotillomania

Has Your Habit Become Your Addiction?

You have probably taken those addiction tests – we tend to label everything from shopping to sex to time online as an addiction.  On the downside, the addiction model takes personal responsibility away from the individual and puts the problem … Continue reading

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STARTING TO STOP: Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders (BFRD)

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu Your habit has become a problem for you.  So far you have been successful at concealment, but it is getting more and more difficult to hide.  You have … Continue reading

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Under the Hurt Umbrella: Shame and Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

In my work with clients who deal with Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders (BFRDs) I have gradually become convinced that in many individuals shame drives the behavior.  BFRDs manifest in compulsive pulling of one’s hair (Trichotillomania), picking at skin and scabs (Excoriation), … Continue reading

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Trichotillomania: Beyond Behavior Charts (Would this work for you?)

I treat most Trichotillomania clients with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  CBT addresses the thoughts that drive the behavior.  DBT addresses the body/mind connection – in particular the ability to tolerate strong emotional … Continue reading

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