The use of pharmacologic pain sensitization in the treatment of repetitive hair-pulling

Stephen L. Ristvedt, Gary A. Christenson

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Abstract

A significant problem for many individuals who engage in repetitive hair-pulling is the fact that they experience no discomfort associated with their behavior, and can thus carry on with hair-pulling outside of conscious awareness. The present case study was an attempt to address this problem through the use of a commercially available topical cream which enhances pain sensitivity. A 38-yr-old female applied the cream daily to two affected areas on her scalp. The increased pain sensitization, in conjunction with the habit reversal technique, resulted in markedly decreased hair-pulling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-648
Number of pages2
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1996

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