Clomipramine treatment of trichotillomania: a follow-up report on four cases

J Clin Psychiatry. 1991 Mar;52(3):128-30.


Four consecutive patients treated for trichotillomania (hair pulling) with clomipramine reported initially dramatic reductions in symptoms. However, three of the four patients had relapsed completely at 3-month follow-up, although all four were still taking previously effective levels of the drug. The fourth patient relapsed for about 2 weeks but regained initial treatment benefits. Implications for the treatment of trichotillomania are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Clomipramine / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • Trichotillomania / drug therapy*
  • Trichotillomania / psychology


  • Clomipramine