Psychological treatments for trichotillomania: update and future directions

Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Aug;23(4):365-8. doi: 10.1177/1039856215590029. Epub 2015 Jun 23.


Objective: This paper aims to provide an overview of evidence-based psychological treatments for trichotillomania.

Conclusions: Advances in the understanding of the phenomenology of trichotillomania has led to the augmentation of behavioural treatments with dialectical behaviour therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Further studies of treatment component efficacy and cognitive behavioural models are required.

Keywords: Trichotillomania; behaviour therapy; cognitive therapy; hair pulling disorder; treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Trichotillomania / therapy*