New article on the feasibility of digital acceptance based BT for trichotillomania and skin-picking

Mia Asplund et al have looked into the feasibility of internet-delivered acceptance based behavioral therapy (BT) for trichotillomania (TTM) and skin-picking disorder (SPD).

Click here to read the article.

Short summary:

25 clinical-referred patients with TTM and SPD underwent internet-delivered BT for 10 weeks. The treatment involved both traditional interventions such as habit reversal and more acceptance based strategies.

A majority of the participants were satisfied with the treatment and found it credible. Hair pulling and skin picking severity decreased significantly from pretreatment to posttreatment, and most outcome measures remained significant at the 12-month follow-up.

Taken together, he results provide initial evidence suggesting that I-BT could be a feasible, acceptable and potentially effective treatment for TTM and SPD.


Mia Asplund receives grant

Mia Asplund’s research project about internet treatment for trichotillomania and dermatillomania receives a grant of 100 000 SEK from Fonden för Psykisk Hälsa (Mental Health Fund).

Trichotillomania and dermatillomania are two syndroms characterized by an excessive picking of hair or skin and is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among others.

Currently, the project is collecting data for follow-up for the pilot study. The succeeding RCT is being planned and will hopefully start in the fourth quarter of 2021.


Mia Asplund i OCD-podden

Mia Asplund är med i senaste avsnittet av OCD-podden och talar om trichotillomani och dermatillomani. Lyssna här!

Mia är leg. psykolog och doktorand i forskargruppen. Hennes forskning handlar om psykologisk behandling av trichotillomani och dermatillomani, även kallat skin-picking disorder. Tricho- och dermatillomani är två psykiatriska tillstånd som innebär ett tvångsmässigt plockande av hår- respektive hud.

English translation: Mia Asplund, psychologist and and PhD student, talks about trichotillomania and skin-picking disorder in the Swedish podcast OCD-podden.