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My Favorite Trich Books

The Perfect Pull

Fifteen-year-old Alyssa Simone has a secret, but common, disorder that causes her to pull out her hair: trichotillomania. Since the fourth grade Alyssa has been compulsively pulling her hair and wondering why she can’t stop. Now a sophomore in high school, she is doing everything she can to try and appear normal. She attempts to blend in at a new high school while her mother, a Barbie doll look-alike thanks to plastic surgery, signs the two of them up to star on a reality show and the cameras are rolling. As if that were not enough, Alyssa worries she might never receive her first kiss while her popular and beautiful best friend constantly texts her updates of her numerous romantic conquests.

It is estimated that 2-4% of the American population is living with trichotillomania. Because so many cases go unreported, the numbers may be much higher. Living with trichotillomania can lead to feelings of shame, depression and anxiety. Some living with the disorder feel so much shame it leads to isolation. Many go to great lengths to hide a truth they feel ashamed of: They are pulling their hair. Some will not get treatment for fear of being judged and want to avoid feelings of embarrassment. It’s time to let go of these feelings of shame. It’s time to release the worry of what others will think and say. It’s time to embrace the beauty that each and every one of us possesses. Let’s believe we are beautiful – because every single one of us are. 15 contributors from around the world openly share their personal journeys. We’re making profound discoveries together: There is hope. We are not broken. We are not alone. Read on, and find the next chapter of your story…

Most Informative

Trichotillomania, one of the family of obsessive-compulsive disorders, may afflict as many as 6 to 8 million people in the United States. Now, a leading authority on obsessive-compulsive disorders, Dr. Fred Penzel, has written the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative guide to this syndrome available, filled with reassuring advice for patients and their families.
Endorsed by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the leading advocate group for this disorder, this superb handbook includes all the information a patient or relative would need to understand this illness and to cope with it. 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 behavioral treatments. He shows patients how to design a self-help program and gain control of their compulsive behavior, how to prevent relapse, describes trichotillomania and its treatment in children, and suggests coping strategies for families at home and in public situations. He also provides a guide to all the resources available, including internet sites, recommended books, and videos, and outlines ways to start a support group. The appendix will include 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.
Dr. Penzel has helped patients with OCD and trichotillomania for over twenty years and is one of America’s leading authorities on these disorders. Drawing on decades of hands-on experience, he has produced the most complete and scientifically accurate handbook available on this disorder, a comforting guide packed with information to help people with trichotillomania get well and stay well.

Shows young people how to break their hair pulling habit by identifying trigger situations, developing resistance strategies, charting progress, modifying environments, motivating themselves, and staying with the program. Advice for therapists and parents, too.

*I used this book growing up and learned many helpful strategies.

If you suffer from trichotillomania, this book is written for you, your family and loved ones, and the professionals who you might seek out to help you overcome your condition. Written by one of the leading experts in the field, the book reviews the latest medications and treatment options and offers simple and effective cognitive-behavioral techniques for controlling hair-pulling. You’ll learn that you are not alone in dealing with this condition. Find out about symptoms and behaviors and other problems associated with trichotillomania, and learn how you can motivate yourself to change. The book explains how families and friends can help you and what you can do to reach out to the growing support community that exists on the Web and within national and local consumer organizations.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

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This book explains Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a very simple an easy to read fashion. It was the first Burns book (he has several), and so doesn’t contain all the exercises that he developed later. These techniques work. When incorporated correctly and diligently followed, I believe anyone can benefit from these concepts.  CBT is quite simple really. Your moods are created by your thoughts and how you view your world. Change the thoughts and your are on your way to managing your moods. CBT is the leading technique in treating depression and trichotillomania today.

Julia Ross offers a prescriptive plan designed to relieve a variety of ailments from seasonal disorders, stress, irritability and depression. Ross believes that many of these annoying and, in some cases, severely disabling disorders can be relieved through a change in diet and nutritional supplements. Readers are asked to first determine which of four “false moods” they suffer from: a dark cloud, blahs, stress or too much sensitivity. The survey is simple and the questions will immediately resonate with readers: for example, someone who is suffering from the blahs is likely to have difficulty focusing or require a great deal of sleep. Armed with their survey scores, readers can then turn to the appropriate chapter to learn which diets and supplements will be most helpful.Particularly reassuring are the author’s detailed explanations of why she advises a particular strategy. While Ross is an advocate for nutritional supplements, she provides a sound overview for all her recommendations.

*I have followed the recommendations in this book and now use amino acids in place of SSRI’s for my depression and anxiety.

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