Archive for May, 2010

If you haven’t seen “Bad Hair Life” yet, you should go see it. There will be a screening in Nashville on June 3rd if any of you are interested. Here’s more info about the group & the event:



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Also from the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Only two more days to register:

Webinar on May 19

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Children and adults with Trichotillomania / Obsessive Compulsive Disorders can often benefit form Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help control body-focu…sed repetitive behaviors.

In this Webinar, Dr. Franklin will describe treatments for Trichotillomania applicable to children, adolescents, and adults. Individuals who attend the Webinar will: (a) develop a working knowledge of these disorders and their underlying etiology; (b) become familiar with the state-of-the-art methods of assessing the disorders; and (c) become familiar with the empirically supported cognitive behavioral techniques that are employed in treatment.

Martin Franklin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennyslvania School of Medicine and Director of Penn’s Child/Adolescent OCD, Tics, Trichotillomania, & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe). Over the past two decades Dr. Franklin has conducted clinical research projects on OCD, trichotillomania, Tourette Syndrome, and related disorders across the developmental spectrum.

You will not hear audio over your computer; only the video component is there. You must dial-in to the number provided to get the audio portion of this webinar. The webinar is scheduled for Eastern Standard Time.

Professional Development credits will be offered upon completion of the exit survey.

Title: CBT for Trichotillomania and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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Cut & pasted from the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Do you qualify?  You must live within driving distance of Boston so that you can participate in weekly sessions.  Boy how I wish I lived closer!!  My area is not a hot bed for treatment or research options at all.

Dr. Nancy Keuthen at Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting a non-medication treatment study of trichotillomania. You may be eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years of age, have been pulling out your hair for the past year, and are not receiving any current treatment for this problem. You may receive up to $200 compensation upon completion of study participation. For further information, please call Martha Falkenstein at (617) 643-6204.

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I am a tree-hugger. I admit it. I’ve taught environmental education and my most favorite thing to do is wander through the woods identifying flowers.

So when I saw this, I couldn’t help but think of hair pullers.


My hair clogs up our vacuum, gets caught on the roller, and I’m guessing killed (at least) one of my mom’s vacuums prematurely during my teen years. So, why not try to make something good happen out of the bad? If I can remember to reclaim my hair where it accumulates (mostly the car floor mats & the carpet right under my desk chair) then I can send it in to this program.

Sure, it is a little weird, but I’ve been known to collect my hair & set it outdoors for birds to use in their nests. Yep, nature lover to boot.

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