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Suggest treatment for trichotillomania

hi doctor i am a severe sufferer of trichotillomania. been suffering for the past 12 years. i am 25 now. i wish to stop it completely. i pull my scalp hair,brows and lashes ll the time. pls pls pls help me overcome this and also suggest tips to grow hair in these areas

Tue, 30 Sep 2014
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I can understand your distress due to your condition of trichotillomania. It is an impulse control disorder and can be treated.

You should seek a psychiatric consultation for initiating treatment. Treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Fluoxetine will help reduce the impulse of pulling hair. More importantly, you should consider seeking therapy in form of Habit reversal training (HRT) which will focus on redcing the hair pulling behavior.

A combination of HRT and medications would be the best option to overcome your situation. Regarding getting your hair back, you don't need to worry as they will grow back soon once your hair pulling behavior is controlled.

I do hope that I was able to help with your query.

Best wishes,

Dr. Sunil Gupta
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