Hypnotherapy: an effective treatment modality for trichotillomania

Authors

  • HA Cohen,

    1. Pediatric Ambulatory Center, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
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  • A Barzilai,

    1. Petach Tikva, Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
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  • E Lahat

    Corresponding author
    1. Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer and Pediatric Neurology Unit, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
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E Lahat, Pediatric Neurology Unit, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin 70300, Israel (Tel./fax. +972 8 9779162)

Abstract

This study describes a non-pharmacological treatment modality for children with trichotillomania. Three children with trichotillomania were treated using a hypnotherapy technique. All patients were observed in the outpatient clinic for 8 consecutive weeks and subsequently followed for 12–18 months. All children were cooperative in performing the hypnotherapy technique (relaxation/ mental imagery). Two patients reported complete resolution of their complaints after 7–8 weeks and 1 patient after 16 weeks. The latter, reporting recurrence of the complaint after 4 weeks due to stressful school problems, was resolved after successful retreatment over 3 weeks. During a mean follow-up period of 16 months, there were no recurrences. In conclusion, hypnotherapy may be considered as a primary treatment modality for trichotillomania in children without associated emotional disorders.

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