Take Part in a Clinical Study
Trichotillomania is often a misunderstood mental health condition. This is because many people are too embarrassed to seek professional opinion about something they assume to be just a bad habit. Fortunately, thanks to the awareness raising efforts of organisations such as the Trichotillomania Leaning Centre (TLC), the disorder has recently enjoyed increased attention from the medical and research fraternity. More and more research studies are being conducted to understand the causes and effects of the disorder and to develop treatement options. Hence it is important to contribute to the studies by becoming a participant and sharing your experience of trichotillomania.
Share your Experience
Alexandra Kelly, a psychologist in clinical training, is now looking to explore the condition as part of a doctorate and is asking sufferers to tell of their experience in confidence. According to Alexandra the study aims to gain a deeper insight into the personal experiences of those with trichotillomania. She believes that through better understanding of the condition, more effective treatments can be developed. It is not only trichotillomania sufferers who can contribute to the development of knowledge regarding trichotillomania. Friends and family members also have a valuable contribution to make in understanding the support mechanisms available to those with trichotillomania and to gauge the current level of awareness and knowledge about the condition among loved ones.
Prevention and Treatment
One of the focus areas for much of the research is trying to understand the onset and what triggers the condition. In understanding this we may be able to preempt the potential risk someone has for developing the condition and therefore put in place preventative measures. While there is no cure for trichotillomania at present, there are numerous treatment modalities and programs that have had varying degrees of success with different people. Clincial research is important in understanding what works or doesn't work, why it works and for whom. This way we are able to tailor treatment planning for patients presenting with trichotillomania based on the evidence of what works for a particular type of patient or not.
Who can Participate?
Unfortunately, not all individuals can participate in a clinical study about trich. To safeguard your health, you may need to answer specific research questions. This will determine whether or not you’re eligible to participate in the study. You’ll also be given details about the tests and procedures that you’ll undergo while participating in this study.When you decide to take part in a clinical study about trich, you’re playing an active role in the health care of this condition. You’ll receive careful medical attention from the team conducting the research. And the most important thing here is that you’ll be helping the sufferers of this condition.