Trichotillomania and post-traumatic stress disorder: A case study

Kent A. Corso, Donald D. McGeary

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This is a clinical case study of a 45-year-old, Caucasian male, active duty military officer. It demonstrates the short-term efficacy of habit-reversal training on the treatment of trichotillomania (TTM) in three 50-minute sessions, with concomitant, but unanticipated decreases in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and emotional distress as measured by the PTSD Checklist, Form PCL-M and OQ-45, respectively. This study discusses the benefits and limitations of such a short treatment for comorbid TTM and PTSD, while positing the relationship between the two disorders. Finally, it lends support for the classification of TTM as an anxiety disorder rather than an impulse-control disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1136-1141
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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