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Bill, LCSW, Consultant, Expert Witness
Category: Mental Health
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Experience:  35 years treating individuals, couples, families with mental health and substance abuse prob's
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I cant stop cutting my hair I hate doing it but I just feel

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I cant stop cutting my hair I hate doing it but I just feel driven, is their a name for it

Bill :

Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.

Bill :

I am sorry to hear about this problem;l


 

Bill : Thi is clinically referred to as ........
Trichotemnomania: obsessive-compulsive habit of cutting or shaving the hair.
Customer:

It is ruling my life right now

Bill :

It is an obsessive compulsive disorder that can be treated.


 

Bill :

I see that you have been taking Zoloft- For How long?


 

Bill :

 


 

Customer:

off and on for years but for this problem only a few months. Originally it was prescribed for anxiety disorder for me

Customer:

Is someone there is there a better treatment i can suggest to my doctor

Bill :

This is an anxiety related disorder and is treated much the same as OCD (obsessive complusive disorder)


 

Bill :

Are you seeing a Psychiatrist?


 

Customer:

no just my regular doc

Bill :

okay- this requires specialized care- if you give me your Zip Code City and state, I can Identify experts in your area/


 

Customer:

21660

Bill :

in the meantime- here is information from Harvard Medical on treating this type of problem.


 

Bill :

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/obsessive_compulsive_disorder_ocd.htm

Bill :

hold just a second.


 

Bill :

The following link provides a list of Psychiatrists in your area that provide treatment for OCD.

Bill :

http://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?sid=1346600705.3692_5751&zipcode=21660&zipdist=50&spec=15&lmore=2

Customer:

I really appriciate you giving me a name for this, at least it makes me feel like im not alone

Bill :

If I were you- and lived in the Baltimore area- I would consider going to Johns Hopkins Outpatient Anxiety Treatment.....


 

Bill :

I will give you the contact information.


 

Customer:

thats great I will contact them

Bill and 5 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Kelly-
I am happy to have helped and KNOW you are not alone with this and it is something that can be treated.

Again- if you can go to Hopkins- that would be my first choice.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty_areas/anxiety/patient_information


Best, Bill