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Pages: 384

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (Feb. 2003)

By: Fred Penzel(Author)

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Trichotillomania, one of the family of obsessive-compulsive disorders, may afflict as many as six to eight million people in the US alone. This is a guide to the syndrome, filled with reassuring advice for patients and their families. Endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the handbook includes all the information a patient or relative needs to understand the illness and to cope with it. Dr 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 behavioural treatments. He shows patients how to design a self-help programme and gain control of their compulsive behaviour, and how to prevent relapse. He describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggests coping strategies for families at home and in public situations.

"A must-have for anyone who has suffered in isolation." --Christina Pearson, Executive Director, Trichotillomania Learning Center"The Hair-Pulling Problem really deserves the description self-help book. You can really use it to get control of your hair pulling and your life." --Patricia Perkins, Executive Director, The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation"A wonderfully clear and helpful book aimed at patients. A very helpful guide for patients who suffer from this painful disorder."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Harvard Medical School"An accessible, comprehensive, sensitive, and scientifically accurate look at Trichotillomania, a silent and potentially devastating disorder.... The lay public should read this book if for no other reason to understand the complexity and diversity of problems with which we as humans struggle andeventually overcome."--OCD Newsletter "A must-have for anyone who has suffered in isolation." --Christina Pearson, Executive Director, Trichotillomania Learning Center"The Hair-Pulling Problem really deserves the description self-help book. You can really use it to get control of your hair pulling and your life." --Patricia Perkins, Executive Director, The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation"A wonderfully clear and helpful book aimed at patients. A very helpful guide for patients who suffer from this painful disorder."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Harvard Medical School"An accessible, comprehensive, sensitive, and scientifically accurate look at Trichotillomania, a silent and potentially devastating disorder.... The lay public should read this book if for no other reason to understand the complexity and diversity of problems with which we as humans struggle andeventually overcome."--OCD Newsletter "A must-have for anyone who has suffered in isolation." --Christina Pearson, Executive Director, Trichotillomania Learning Center "The Hair-Pulling Problem really deserves the description self-help book. You can really use it to get control of your hair pulling and your life." --Patricia Perkins, Executive Director, The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation "A wonderfully clear and helpful book aimed at patients. A very helpful guide for patients who suffer from this painful disorder."--Michael A. Jenike, MD, Harvard Medical School "An accessible, comprehensive, sensitive, and scientifically accurate look at Trichotillomania, a silent and potentially devastating disorder.... The lay public should read this book if for no other reason to understand the complexity and diversity of problems with which we as humans struggle and eventually overcome."--OCD Newsletter"A must-have for anyone who has suffered in isolation." --Christina Pearson, Executive Director, Trichotillomania Learning Center


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  • By Joel Oscar Posner on 31 December 2009

    This is a thorough and deeply commited book about the problem of hair pulling behavior and about the treatment thereof. The structure of the book could be better, i.e., there are too many chapters and sections with a certain redundancy as a result. A more streamlined exposition of the same material would be most welcome. I can never the less recommend this book to all those interested in this poorly understood, under diagnosed and under treated affliction.

  • By RT on 16 March 2004

    THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT TO MOST BOOKS ON OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE AND RELATED DISORDERS. It combines helpful, un-patronising advice and equally helpful reallife stories. It is written in an easy to read way, without emitting important information, and with a good dose of humour too!I can't stress how strongly I would recommend this book to other hair pullers; if nothing else it made me realise I wasn't alone.

  • By J D on 4 August 2003

    Trichotillomania strikes fear into those who do not know or understand it. This is the perfect antedote; Penzel, an authority on obsessive-compulsive disorders, informs the naive reader and supports the struggling surivivor of Trich. He writes concisely, although he writes easily and is very readable. There is little jargon, and is written from a supportive non-judgemental view point. This book is also an essential buy for healthcare professionals; it guides you in like the beautrix potter of psychology. There are courses of therapy, mainly cognitive behavioural therapy which can be used by both practitioner and patient. Penzel explores the physiology, psychology and behaviour of hair-pulling and tops it off with questionnaires and scales, and the must have DSM (diagnostic statistical manual)classification for Trichotillomania, for those pulling their hair out for a diagnosis.Summary: Informative, concise,interesting and essential.Reviewer: Assistant Psychologist, Cheltenham.

  • By Milly on 23 March 2014

    I've only recently realised after 47 years of hair pulling that my condition is known to the medical profession but that it is very misunderstood by it. This book goes a long way to explaining much that I have questioned and agonised over nearly all my life. It's a frightening condition as it is so shameful and embarrassing. This book has helped me to find out more about it and realise that I am certainly not alone in fighting trichotillomania.

  • By Rachel Taylor on 25 November 2015

    Really useful book. I haven't pulled any hair at all since I read it. The best bit of advice was about accepting the condition instead of fighting it. It makes dealing with it so much easier. I would recommend it to anybody with TTM. It's difficult to deal with but this has made it seem possible to get better.

  • By BookWorm on 15 November 2012

    It is very easy to come across inaccurate information about hair pulling - this book helps redress the balance. It's not a particularly light or easy read, in fact it's almost more of a textbook, but it is the most comprehensive source on trichotillomania I've come across.Penzel shares the results of his extensive research on the topic in the first third of the book, while also making it clear that there is still a lot that is unknown (he does makes it clear when he is simply stating his own opinion). There are also chapters aimed at the family and friends of those with trichotillomania.However, it is the section on treating the condition that really sets this book apart. In this section, Penzel has devised a comprehensive self-help programme (his own version of Habit Reversal Therapy), that draws together all his research while not pretending to offer any "quick fixes." There is also advice on choosing a therapist etc., for those who choose not to go down the self-help route.

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