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The Hair Pulling Problem



 
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This superb handbook includes all the information a patient or relative would need to understand this illness and cope with it. Dr. Penzel provides a detailed disussion of the causes and he reviews all the treatment options, with particular emphasis upon cognitive and behavioral therapies, as well as the most effective medications and their side effects. He shows patients how to design a self-help program and gain control of their compulsive behaviors, how to prevent relapse, describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggest coping strategies for families at home and in public situations.

There is extensive information on the biology of hair and hair growth. He also provides a guide to all the resources available, including internet sites, recommended books, and videos, and outlines ways to start a support group. The appendix includes questionnaires, clinical rating scales, and the official DSM diagnostic criteria for the disorder, so readers can decide if they need to seek behavioral and possibly medical treatment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Fred Penzel, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services, in Huntington, New York. He is a licensed psychologist, and has been involved in the treatment of trichotillomania and related disorders for over twenty years. He sits on the Science Advisory Board of both the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and is a longtime contributor to the newsletters of both organizations. The author of the highly successful handbook Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Dr. Penzel lectures on trichotillomania and OC spectrum disorders, and conducts numerous workshops both nationally and internationally and has appeared on NBC's Dateline and ABC's 20/20 in segments about this disorder.

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