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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 235-237

Management of trichotillomania

Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh 160047, India

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B S Chavan
Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh 160047
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.43063

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Hallopeau, a French dermatologist, coined the term trichotillomania (TM) to describe alopecia (baldness) caused by self-traction of the hair, but the term now encompasses the entire syndrome of pathological hair­pulling. It is a disorder of impulse control. The authors present three (adult and child) cases of TM managed successfully using a combination of pharmacotherapy and a package of behaviour therapy. Some psychopathological aspects of the disorder are also discussed.



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