Hypnotherapy in Adolescents with Trichotillomania: Three Cases

Gil Zalsman, Haggai Hermesh, Jonathon Sever

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Trichotillomania is not rare in adolescence. Psychotherapy is often ineffective, and cognitive behavioral therapy in combination with serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors seems to be the treatment of choice. Some cases are resistant to all therapy. This paper reports on three adolescents with pure trichotillomania who responded to the imaginative hypnotherapy technique with Ericksonian suggestions. The patients described their hair as weak and vulnerable and needy of protection. In therapy, the patient was assigned the role of “patron of the hair” thereby giving him/her control of the situation. Hair pulling was significantly reduced, and the improvement was sustained throughout the 6-month follow-up. These cases suggest that imaginative techniques may be effective in adolescents with trichotillomania. Further controlled studies in adolescent population are needed to confirm this as sumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2001


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