Effective Trich Treatments
I'm just coming to terms with recently being diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and depression.
After sweeping the symptoms under the carpet for many years (I'm 33 now), I've finally sought help and undergoing CBT for the conditions. One of the symptoms (or so I believe) of my anxious mind is hair pulling. I've been pulling my facial hair for as long as I remember, from when I just had a little stubble to now where I'm constantly pulling and touching my full beard and moustache.
The constant touching and pulling has affected the appearance of the beard, and the habit has also been noticed by friends, family and colleagues. It's embarrassing but it's an involuntary compulsion that I can't shake. It's affecting my self confidence and feeding my anxiety. From doing some research, I believe this is some sort of comforting mechanism, which is likely caused by my anxieties.
I guess what I'd like to know is: will treating my anxiety with CBT will help the trich or will it require a standalone treatment? I've noticed there are quite a few websites offering online coaching/therapy that promise pull-free results. One of which is www.treatmentfortrichotillomania.com, which has some good testimonials but no set information on costs. I've enquired and they'd like 100 euros for a 90 minute session, with no further information on how many sessions I'd need or how much it's likely to cost me.
I note there are also a few paid sessions and audio files through this site. How effective are they? I understand that overcoming this issue will be worth more than money but, unfortunately, I'm not currently in the financial position to spend hundreds of pounds on treatments I have no real insights on.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
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