Hair pulling, skin picking, cheek chewing or other BFRBs do not have to be a life sentence. We care and we are here to help. Book an appointment with our trichotillomania specialist now to try one of our top-rated hypnotherapy recordings or one of our treatment programs to stop hair pulling. Pull freedom is possible, and this site is maintained by long-term BFRB-free people, reassuring those who pick, pull, bite, cut or chew that change is achievable.
People have a natural, innate ability to both self-abuse and self-heal. Therefore it is a great success to say “You know what? I need some help with this.” We have compiled the latest information about Trichotillomania and BFRB treatment using information from published research, our surveys of people with BFRBs, and most importantly- personal experience.
Treatment for Trichotillomania varies and there is still a need for more research. The most commonly used treatments for BFRBs are ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) or SSRIs (a type of medication: Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) – both can show improvements, however relapse is common. Behavioural therapy shows better outcomes than medication in most studies – a minority of cases are consistently improved by medication.
Research indicates the most successful treatment for Trichotillomania is behaviour change therapy (a type of psychotherapy known as habit-reversal therapy) combined with emotional support. In addition studies suggest that supportive therapies and psychoanalysis without the behavioural therapy aspect are not effective at treating tric. Read people’s experiences of different therapies.
We recommend our coaching in conjunction with https://coaching.care or speaking to your doctor or a private practitioner. 51% of 11,625 people we surveyed had never mentioned hair pulling, cheek chewing, skin picking or biting themselves to their doctor because they were too embarrassed, didn’t think their doctor would help or didn’t know they were recognised conditions.