It is also the form of treatment that is the most widely accepted by scientists and researchers.
Trichotillomania can have devastatingly negative impacts on a person’s life.
Many people with the disorder base their behavior on ideas that are often untrue.
Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, unlike many other treatment techniques focuses on treating all of these symptoms at one time.
It is the closest to a complete “cure” for trichotillomania that there currently is.
Examples of common irrational beliefs are "I am worthless," "I will never get better," "Love will never happen to me," and "There is something wrong with me." These beliefs may become self-fulfilling prophecies if left unchecked. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I examine how your irrational thoughts and core beliefs may be contributing to depression, anxiety and relationship problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is by far one of the most effective treatments for trichotillomania to date.
In addition to trichotillomania, the following also fall under the BFRB umbrella: compulsive skin picking, compulsive nail biting, compulsive biting of the inside of the cheek.
The therapy focuses on changing the attitudes and behaviors of the people with compulsive hair pulling disorder.CBT starts by helping you notice, explore, and change false thoughts that you might have about hair pulling.