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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 August;153(4):557-66

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.18.05949-7

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Habit reversal training for body-focused repetitive behaviors: a practical guide for the dermatologist

Amber B. DUNBAR 1, Michelle MAGID 2 , Jason S. REICHENBERG 3

1 Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA; 2 Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA; 3 Department of Dermatology, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA


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Habit reversal training (HRT) is a clinically effective treatment for body-focused repetitive disorders (BFRDs) such as trichotillomania, onychophagia, and dermatillomania. Despite many dermatology providers knowing the term HRT, very few understand what HRT is and how it actually works. In this article, we give a detailed explanation of HRT and walk the reader through a six-session HRT protocol. We will briefly discuss adjunct interventions for BFRDs, including pharmacological approaches. We aim to make dermatologists more comfortable in offering basic HRT within their clinics and to close the gap that currently exists between patients who are HRT candidates and those who receive HRT treatment.


KEY WORDS: Trichotillomania - Nail biting - Cognitive therapy

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