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TRICHOTILLOMANIA

 
STILL SELLING STRONG!!
"THE DO IT YOURSELF (diy) TRICH KIT

FOR YOU - PARENTS 
  1. STAGES OF CHANGE                     
  2. WHAT DO I SAY TO MY CHILD?
  3. IS IT REALLY TRICHOTILLOMANIA?
  4. WHY DON'T THE BEHAVIOR CHARTS WORK?    
  5. HOW ABOUT THE ADHD TRICHSTER?
  6. PATTERNS AND SOLUTIONS
  7. TIMELINE FOR QUITTING
HEY KIDS!!
  1. INTRODUCING THE FIDGET FAMILY
  2. R U A TRICHSTER OR NOT?
  3. CHARTS 4 U
  4. COUNTDOWN TO CHANGE!!
NEW RESEARCH !!
A study from the University of Minnesota Medical Center suggests that a dietary supplement, N-Acetylcysteine seems to help trichotillomania sufferers improve.  This supplement is an anti-oxidant amino acid supplement that is known for its benefits to the kidneys and liver.

THE STUDY:

  • 45 women and 5 men participated (a small sample size)
  • Age of participants was 34 years on the average
  • 25 received 1,200 mg - 2,400 mg of N-Acetylcysteine every day for 12 weeks
  • 25 received a placebo for the same length of time

RESULTS:
After 9 weeks hair pulling was significantly reduced in the group receiving the supplement compared to those taking the placebo.  Significant improvement was noted after 9 weeks.  There were no reports of adverse effects.
This improvement is higher than seen with other medications and similar to that reported for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) alone or CBT combined with medication.

PROS:
It is available in health food stores.  It is relatively inexpensive.  Swanson sells 100 capsules of 600mg for $5.99.  Source naturals sells 120 tablets of 600mg for $25.47.

CONS:
This study has a relatively small sample size (50 people).  56% of the folks taking the supplement improved (14 people)- that means that 44%  of them did not improve (11 people).  Also, if considering this for children, remember that the average age in the study was 34.3 years.
 
If you would like to learn more about trichotillomania, go to "Links" on this site and contact the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) or e-mail DrMary@travisps.com for information on available programs.

Copyright 2013: Mary Travis, PhD