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Q. Other than seeing a psychologist, are there any ways of treating Trichotillomania?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 29, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 17, 2021

Hello doctor,

I wanted to know how to cure an OCD specifically Trichotillomania? Other than seeing a psychologist, are there any way of treatment?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern about treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) without visiting a psychologist.

  • First of all, I like to inform you that treatment of OCD depends on the severity of OCD.
  • If you have severe or very severe OCD, then the treatment lies with both the psychiatrist and psychologist. I mean to say that a psychiatrist will be required in most cases of OCD and psychologist is not a requirement.
  • In cases of moderate or less severe OCD, the medications are the mainstay of treatment and there is no need to see a psychologist.
  • In the treatment process, the first and foremost thing is the SSRI group of medications (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which includes Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, Fluvoxamine and Sertraline. Generally, higher side of dose range is required for these medications.
  • The medications take time such as 6 to 12 weeks to show the full response. Once the response is achieved they are continued for one to two years before attempting to decrease the dose of it.
  • The other options include electroconvulsive therapy in treatment-resistant OCD and psychosurgery in treatment unresponsive OCD.
  • The treatment approach is completely similar for OCD and trichotillomania although it needs more consistent effort in trichotillomania when compared to OCD.

For further information consult a psychologist counsellor online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/psychologist-counsellor


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