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A woman with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a struggle with compulsive hair-pulling asks if

07 Nov
A woman with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a struggle with compulsive hair-pulling asks if there is any imagery available for this, and, if there isn’t, would BR please make some..
Question: I have OCD [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder], but am mostly bothered by a co-morbid condition called trichotillomania [compulsive pulling the hair out of the scalp, a condition that results in patches of baldness. And even if you’ve never heard of this, it’s commonplace enough to have its own name].

I have tried several different medications to relieve the symptoms, but unfortunately, nothing has worked. I am wondering which CD would be the most helpful to me to help with the trichotillomania.

If you don''t have a particular CD that would work, would you please consider creating a title that would work for OCD and such related disorders?

- Toni

Dear Toni,
I’m familiar with trichotillomania and I know how aggravatingly persistent and distressing it can be. And although we have nothing specific for it at the moment, I will shortly be creating imagery for OCD, as soon as I’m done with our CD for Parkinson’s. So at some point in the near future, we should have something very specific to offer you.

In the meantime, I would suggest some of our more general relaxation imagery, which should help you develop some new self-soothing conditions that will hopefully help you contain the urge to pull, at least partially: Relaxation & Wellness might help, as might our General Wellness or our Relieve Stress.

Additionally, I would recommend you try Mary Sise’s Thought Field Therapy for Anxiety & Stress to try and get rid of this. It’s available on VHS and on DVD. Technically speaking, it’s actually a combination of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - two of the "alphabet therapies" I recommend and describe in my book, Invisible Heroes. Mary first provides an explanation of the acupoint tapping method, then demonstrates with a series of audience volunteers how it can be used to eliminate all sorts of pesky phobias and symptoms. In the final segment, she works with the viewer to address whatever challenge they wish. The method is deceptively simple, kind of odd looking, but and easy to use and surprisingly effective. By the time it’s your turn to try it, you are pretty familiar with the method and able to follow along easily. It’s definitely worth a try.

And so stay tuned to the site. I’ll be making an announcement when I’m done with the OCD imagery.

Good luck and all best wishes.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award