Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder): Clinical Characteristics, Psychological Interventions and Emotional Effects


Katlein França, M.D. (Editor)
Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA

Mohammad Jafferany, M.D. (Editor)
College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Central Michigan University, Saginaw, MI, USA

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments, Dermatology – Laboratory and Clinical Research
BISAC: MED105000

Trichotillomania is defined as recurrent pulling of one’s own hair, leading to marked hair loss and functional impairment. This disease involves irresistible and recurrent urges to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other areas of the body. Hair pulling from the scalp often causes patchy bald spots, which causes significant distress to the patient, and can interfere with work and social activities. This disease causes tremendous impact on a patient’s mental health and quality of life, particularly if it is left untreated. Different treatment options can help patients reduce their hair pulling or stop entirely.

The book Trichotillomania: Clinical Characteristics, Psychological Interventions and Emotional Effects, edited by the physicians specialized in Psychodermatology Katlein França and Mohammad Jafferany, presents a comprehensive overview of this important and neglected disease. A team of experts brings a historical review of trichotillomania, the role of trichotillomania in the upcoming field of trichopsychodermatology, dermatopathological overview, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments and the emotional regulation hypothesis of trichotillomania, basic concepts, advances, updates, pathophysiological and neuro-anatomical aspects of trichotillomania.

This book is aimed at educating dermatologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists to have a broader view of trichotillomania, and brings a different perspective in diagnosing and managing this disease.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Editors

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. The History of Trichotillomania: The Bible, Shakespeare, and Other Curiosities
Katlein França, Angela Y. Kim and Torello Lotti (Centro Studi per la Ricerca Multidisciplinare e Rigenerativa, Universitá Degli Studi “G. Marconi”, Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 2. Trichotillomania in Trichopsychodermatology
Katlein França (Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine – Miami, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. Trichotillomania: Basic Concepts
Mohammad Jafferany and Ferdnand C. Osuagwu (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Saginaw, MI, USA)

Chapter 4. Dermatopathology and Trichotillomania
Bárbara R. Ferreira, José P. Reis and José C. Cardoso (Dermatology Department, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Coimbra, Portugal)

Chapter 5. Pharmacotherapy
David Ernesto Castillo, Enos Clinton, Katlein França, and Torello Lotti (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Trichotillomania
Philip D. Shenefelt (Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Medicine, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, USA)

Chapter 7. Trichotillomania and the Emotion Regulation Hypothesis
Erin E. Curley and Nancy J. Keuthen (Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA)


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