Hypnotherapy: An effective treatment modality for trichotillomania

H. A. Cohen, A. Barzilai, E. Lahat*

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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 1218 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Hypnotherapy
  • Trichotillomania


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