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What is the best solution for trichotillomania?

By August 1, 2010 - 6:30pm
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I have had trichotillomania for 17 years, and to keep it short the ONLY solution that worked, was to apply numbing cream/gel to the areas you feel urges in. That simple

March 1, 2016 - 12:24am

Hi Allison -
I really like what you said about the underlying causes of trichotillomania, and I'm hoping that you'd be willing to pass along some information we've discovered about trich.

The reason why people have the urge to pull is due to a neurotransmitter and nutritional imbalance.

Neurotransmitters are basically chemical messengers in the body that tell it what to do. There are two main types of these chemical messengers – inhibitory and excitatory.

As you would expect, the inhibitory neurotransmitters slow down the flow of information in the brain, and the excitatory neurotransmitters increase it. If there are imbalances between the two, it can result in an intense urge to do compulsive things, like pulling hair out.

To help people stop pulling hair out, we’ve reestablished proper levels of these chemical messengers and corrected the nutritional imbalances. It involves taking amino acid supplements that restore your body’s ability to create the proper neurotransmitter imbalance. This is a natural process and the supplements are entirely natural.

I've seen your site and some of the treatments involve cognitive behavior modification, which works great with the rebalancing neurotransmitter approach. It helps with the habit of pulling, while the neurotransmitter rebalancing takes care of the underlying cause.

Traditional medicine, or allopathic medicine, does work extensively in the area of neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, the medications used to treat trichotillomania mask or shuffle the neurotransmitters around, so that the body is tricked into believing it is receiving the correct levels.

Over time, this approach will become ineffective, and people lose the ability to stop pulling hair out. Tricked by the medication into believing it has enough of its valued chemical messengers, the body sends out enzymes to destroy the ones present in the synapses.

As a result, the body eventually depletes itself of neurotransmitters, and the current medication level becomes ineffective. At this point, the medication dose is either increased or additional medications are recommended.

Inadequate levels are also at the heart of why many people do not respond well to the medical treatments currently available. Medications don’t work if there are insufficient chemical messengers to work on. Yet this occurs, time and time again, and the dosage levels are increased, time and time again.

The result is a cyclical approach that helps no one in the end. There is a comment left after Natalie's video to that effect.

I hope EmpowHER is open to these type of discussion, and please publish this for bh. You can read more about our approach at http://stoppullinghairout.com, and you'll find an in-depth explanation of how to stop pulling hair out.

Thanks, and I look forward to dialogue with you on the subject.

August 2, 2010 - 3:31pm

Hi bh,
The best solution is dependent on the severity, as well as the underlying causes for the uncontrollable urge to pull out hair.

I am glad you found EmpowHER; we have a variety of information for women who are living with this condition, both from experts as well as from a woman (Natalie) who shares her story and treatment options for trich:
- EmpowHER: Trichotillomania
- Natalie shares what women with trich can expect from hairdoctk
- Natalie shares is she takes medication to relieve anxiety and hair pulling

You can read more about Natalie at her Profile page:

Are you currently living with this condition? What treatments have you sought?

August 1, 2010 - 7:15pm
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