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Resources: Books & DVDs

Visit the TLC Store for select books and DVDs that we believe will provide you with the most accurate information on treatment and understanding of trichotillomania and related disorders.


The Hair Pulling Problem
Fred Penzel, PhD

The most comprehensive book written to date on TTM. Dr. Penzel provides a detailed discussion of the causes and reviews all the treatment options, with particular emphasis on cognitive and behavioral therapies, as well as the most effective medications and their side effects. He demonstrates how to design a self-help program and gain control of compulsive behaviors, prevent relapse, describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggest coping strategies for families at home and in public situations. Resource guides, including internet sites, recommended books, and videos, and support group information is included. The appendix includes questionnaires, clinical rating scales, and the official DSM diagnostic criteria for the disorder, so readers can decide if they need to seek behavioral and possibly medical treatment.

Treating Trichotillomania:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Hair Pulling and Related Problems

Martin Franklin, PhD, David Tolin, PhD

A cognitive-behavioral treatment manual in which the authors share their expertise in treating hair pulling and related problems (skin picking, nail biting) in an accessible, clinically valid reference. Includes discussion if assessment and treatment methods, elements of treatment such as awareness training, habit reversal, and maintenance techniques, as well as helpful ideas for treating clients with other disorders in addition to trichotillomania.

The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, MEd, LCPC and Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C

A workbook designed specifically for children and teens that 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/her own needs. The information is easy to understand for children, and is based upon the latest understandings of trichotillomania. By following the program designed in this book, you will learn:

  • Important information about the complex nature of trichotillomania
  • How to design an effective treatment plan that addresses the individuals unique needs
  • Powerful strategies that can help people resist the urge to pull out their hair.

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Bad Hair Life: A Documentary
Jennifer Raikes

WINNER 2003 International Health & Medical Media Award BEST FILM for PSYCHIATRY
WINNER 2004 Superfest Film Festival Merit Award

This vivid one-hour documentary explores the often deeply secretive disorder, trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling, and the profound impact it has on the lives of those struggling with it.

The director shares her own history with hair-pulling, starting when she was nine and idly pulled out her first eyelash, through years of embarrassment and hiding, to her present quest to understand this mysterious behavior. Expert researchers and clinicians discuss the disorder's causes and treatment. But the film's greatest power is in its intensely honest, first-hand accounts of life with trichotillomania. 60min.

Hair Pulling, Skin Picking and Nail Biting: Understanding and Treating BFRBs
Fred Penzel PhD

Dr. Fred Penzel's 2006 lecture provides a comprehensive overview on treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), utilizing Habit Reversal Therapy and Stimulus Regulation. 120 minutes

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