H2O Under the Bridge: A Case of Trichotillomania

H2O Under the Bridge: A Case of Trichotillomania

by Elias Aboujaoude

Dr. Aboujaode provides an engaging and informative account of hair-pulling, in this exclusive excerpt from his book, Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist's Tales of Ritual and Obsession.
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The Concerned Hairdresser

As a psychiatrist, I am used to receiving referrals from internists and primary care providers, from other psychiatrists or specialists seeking a "second opinion," and of course, from concerned family members who sometimes have to force loved ones into my office for an evaluation against their will. But imagine my surprise at receiving a consultation request one morning from a worried...hairdresser!
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Copyright © 2008 University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. Reprinted with permission, November, 2009.
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Elias AboujaoudeDr. Elias Aboujaoude is a psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is Director of the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, on NBC, and elsewhere. His most recent book is Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the e-Personality.
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• List similarities and differences between impulse control disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
• Describe how this psychiatrist applied cognitive-behavioral therapeutic techniques to the treatment of trichotillomania.
• Describe some common patient presentations of trichotillomania. 
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