book review: “Pearls: meditations on recovery from hair pulling & skin picking”

“Let me touch, so very gently, your aching, balding, bleeding scalp, and release the shaming, binding ties.” So begins Christina Pearson’s heartfelt and poetic book Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking. Further into the opening poem: “Your wounded, punctured, mottled skin, Endless landscape of hypnotic entrapment” … “Let me ease your…

Testimonial: Karen wins a decades-long battle with skin picking and trichotillomania

I’m so grateful that I found Annette. I’ve had trich for 40 years and skin picking for roughly 20, The picking has become much more prominent in recent years. I’ve been to counselors and to psychiatrists and have tried a number of other therapeutic options, but the coaching that I’ve received from Annette has provided…

N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an over-the-counter supplement that reduces hair pulling and skin picking

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the most effective substance known to science to help stop hair pulling (trichotillomania). NAC is an amino acid that modulates the amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain. It is also an antioxidant. A 12-week placebo controlled double-blind study published in 2009 in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that 56%…