Individuals who suffer from hair loss due to the disorder of trichotillomania can seek expert help from a specific hair doctor, or trichologist. An evaluation by a trichologist includes a full range of mineral and microscopic hair testing, nutritional guidance and referrals for medical testing. A certified trichologist certified by International Trichologists Federation Inc. (ITF) can tell all about your hair based on the stage of growth the hair or follicle is in at the time of loss or breakage. If necessary they will also refer you to a medical doctor if needed.
Trichologist and the Role In Treating Trichotillomania
A trichologist can be a good adjunctive treatment to individuals with the disorder, trichotillomania. The best form of treatment for a trichotillomania sufferer is to seek outside help (psychotherapy, support groups) and take medications (anti-depressants). The combination of psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications has been found to be the most effective form of treatment for Trichotillomania. A visit to a trichologist can help an individual with hair loss from Trichotillomania learn ways to accelerate new hair growth via diet and supplements. Going to a trichologist should be done towards the end phase of treatment for trichotillomania, or after the hair pulling behavior is near extinguished.
Trichologist Treatment and Qualifications
Often a trichologist will hesitate to take a patient with uncontrolled trichotillomania. An individual must be seeking outside help for the psychological reasons of hair loss before hair can be restored via biological means. It is very important to be completely honest with your trichologist about all aspects of hair pulling behavior to receive the benefits of trichologist recommendations and treatment.
A trichologist should be certified through nation, state or international boards. It is an excellent idea to seek a referral from your primary physician or psychologist when looking for a qualified, certified trichologist.