Help For Hairpulling (Trichotillomania) #2

The best help that I can give to any hair puller is education. Trichotillomania has recently been categorized as a psychocutaneous condition. Psychocutaneous medicine is the marriage of Dermatology and Psychiatry. Physicians within this type of medicine claim that the diagonistic terminology refering to this self inflicting nervous condition is potentially insulting to the patients/clients that have it.

The term “Trichotillomania” in itself has a general negative connotation. When a patient/client is diagnosed with this self inflicting nervous condition, it results in denial and resistance to treatment. Physicians are proposing to eliminate the term and replace it with ” Neuromechanical Alopecia (NMA)”. NMA accurately describes the nature of the condition without the undesirable negative connotation.

What do you think of the revised name?

Published in: on 05/04/2007 at 10:51 AM  Leave a Comment  

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