First of all, being that its a form of ocd, I believe they use medications that are used for obsessive compulsive disorder. Also I would believe there are support groups. And most importantly sometimes a disability is unknown even to some providers. Years ago my friend was treated in an abusive manner because he had Tourrette's syndrome in psych. hospitals and denied food (that would never happen now btw) as "punishment" for "bad behavior". Besides getting treatment and joining a support group he educated people including providers on what Tourrette's was. I do the same now as regards tardive dyskinesia and what they are identifying as tardive psychosis. However, trichotilomania is a very established diagnosis. Look up online resources and find a psychiatrist who will treat it. Then educate other people as to what it is.
i face the same.....for 7 years...it wasn't serious initially
but its grown worse and i found out i am not the only one after i read a newspaper article
but i haven't got rid of it even though i have spoken t mu therapist about it
my sister has suffered with this disorder since she was around 7 years old, she's now nearly 39.
She's had hypnotherapy, seen psychiatristics, counsellors, had medication (anafranil i believe it was)..... psychologists.... you name it.
She has worn a wig now for a lot of years and it really gets her down.
SHe also has other ocd problems, checking things over and over.....so i do think it goes hand in hand with OCD probs.
she has just started with a new therapist, so fingers crossed that this just happens to be the one who helps!..... keep on pushing for the help you need.
i'm here if anyone wants to talk to me about it....as i feell i've gone thru this for years with my sis... it can be very distressing. D xx