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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Trichotillomania Treatment

11/15/2006

Question:

My daughter is pulling out her eyelashes. It started last year at the end of school, she stopped during summer vacation, and now she has started doing it again. I have also pulled out my eyelashes and eyebrows since I was 12 years old. I am upset that she is doing this because I know how embarrassing it is. How do I help her stop? We have had her see a counselor, but she did not respond well to her. Help!

Answer:

Trichotillomania is treated by either medication (an antidepressant) or by behavioral therapy and perhaps a combination.  You were not specific about the therapy involved so it is hard to determine your specific course of action.  I would see medical consultation and discuss medication options. 

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati