Compulsive and impulsive symptomatology in trichotillomania

Dan J. Stein, Linda Mullen, Mohammed N. Islam, Lisa Cohen, Concetta M. DeCaria, Eric Hollander

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Abstract

Although classified as a disorder of impulse control, trichotillomania (hair pulling) may have some phenomenological overlap with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The question arises as to whether trichotillomania is best conceptualized as a disorder characterized by impulsivity or compulsivity. Impulsive and compulsive symptoms and traits were compared in 43 patients who presented for treatment of trichotillomania, OCD or impulsive personality disorder. Trichotillomania patients had significantly lower scores of obsessive-compulsive symptoms than OCD patients, and significantly higher impulsiveness scores than this group. Measures of aggression did not differ significantly between groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalPsychopathology
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Trichotillomania
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
Impulsive Behavior
Personality Disorders
Aggression
Hair

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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Stein, D. J., Mullen, L., Islam, M. N., Cohen, L., DeCaria, C. M., & Hollander, E. (1995). Compulsive and impulsive symptomatology in trichotillomania. Psychopathology, 28(4), 208-213. https://doi.org/10.1159/000284923

Compulsive and impulsive symptomatology in trichotillomania. / Stein, Dan J.; Mullen, Linda; Islam, Mohammed N.; Cohen, Lisa; DeCaria, Concetta M.; Hollander, Eric.

In: Psychopathology, Vol. 28, No. 4, 1995, p. 208-213.

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Stein, DJ, Mullen, L, Islam, MN, Cohen, L, DeCaria, CM & Hollander, E 1995, 'Compulsive and impulsive symptomatology in trichotillomania', Psychopathology, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 208-213. https://doi.org/10.1159/000284923
Stein, Dan J. ; Mullen, Linda ; Islam, Mohammed N. ; Cohen, Lisa ; DeCaria, Concetta M. ; Hollander, Eric. / Compulsive and impulsive symptomatology in trichotillomania. In: Psychopathology. 1995 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 208-213.
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