Trichotillomania Books

The following books are recommended for those who suffer from Trichotillomania or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase these books at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from

Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach Trichotillomania: An ACT-enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach

Douglas W. Woods & Michael P. Twohig

This manual was written as a tool for therapists to become familiar with an effective treatment for TTM. The treatment approach described in this guide blends traditional behavior therapy elements of habit reversal training and stimulus control techniques with the more contemporary behavioral elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Unlike traditional interventions that aim to change type or frequency of pulling-related cognitions in the hopes of reducing urges to pull hair, this innovative program uses strategies to change the function of these cognitions.

The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania The Hair-Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania

Fred Penzel

Endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the leading advocate group for this disorder, this superb handbook includes all the information a patient or relative would need to understand this illness and to cope with it. Penzel provides a detailed discussion of causes and he reviews all the treatment options, describing the most effective medications and their side effects as well as the recommended cognitive and behavioral treatments. He shows patients how to design a self-help program and gain control of their compulsive behavior, how to prevent relapse, describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggests coping strategies for families at home and in public situations.

Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania

Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D., Dan J. Stein, M.D., and Gary A. Christenson, M.D.

If you suffer from trichotillomania, this book is written for you, your family and loved ones, and the professionals who you might seek out to help you overcome your condition. Written by leading experts in the field, it reviews the latest medications and treatment options and offers simple and effective cognitive-behavioral techniques for controlling hair-pulling. You’ll learn that you are not alone in dealing with this condition. Find out about symptoms and behaviors and other problems associated with trichotillomania, and learn how you can motivate yourself to change. The book explains how families and friends can help you and what you can do to reach out to the growing support community that exists on the Web and within national and local consumer organizations.

Awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties.

Trichotillomania in Children and Adolescents

The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle

Ruth Goldfinger Golomb & Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek

A workbook designed specifically for children and teens who suffer from trichotillomania, as well as their parents and therapists. Written in plain common-sense language, it allows each user to tailor a recovery program to his or her own needs. The information is easy to understand for children, and is based upon the latest understandings of trichotillomania. This book is a must-read for anyone working with children affected by this disorder.

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