HabitAware Keen2 for Trichotillomania

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Trichotillomania+2 More
HabitAware Keen2 - Device
All Sexes
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a device can reduce the severity of hair pulling.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Trichotillomania
  • Hair Pulling
  • Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether HabitAware Keen2 will improve 1 primary outcome and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Trichotillomania. Measurement will happen over the course of 1 week.

1 week
Massachusetts General Hospital Hair Pulling Scale
Milwaukee Inventory for Subtypes of Trichotillomania-Adult Version

Trial Safety

Trial Design

1 Treatment Group

HabitAware Keen 2
1 of 1
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 40 total participants across 1 different treatment group

This trial involves a single treatment. HabitAware Keen2 is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

HabitAware Keen 2
Participants will receive the wrist device device that alerts the participant when the participant is engaging in hair pulling behavior.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 1 week
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 1 week for reporting.

Closest Location

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
The text states that people who meet diagnostic criteria for TTM using the TDI-R are people who compulsively pull out their hair. show original
have a MGH-HPS total score ≥ 12 at baseline; have a MGH-HPS total score ≥ 12 at baseline; have a MGH-HPS total score ≥ 12 at baseline; have a MGH-HPS total score ≥ 12 at baseline. show original
You must have an automatic score of 15 or more on the MIST quiz, be able to wear the Keen2 device for four weeks, attend three study visits, be unmedicated or on a stable dose of psychiatric medication for eight weeks prior to enrollment, and be English speaking to participate in this study. show original
A person must be 18 years of age or older to vote. show original

Patient Q&A Section

How serious can trichotillomania be?

"This is the first study that shows a link between trichotillomania and increased suicidality. The authors speculate that it is possible that it is related to OCD." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of trichotillomania?

"The signs of trichotillomania mainly involve skin problems, which are most commonly mild to severe acne or skin lesions. The majority of patients also have psychiatric distress." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes trichotillomania?

"Despite the wide spectrum of possible underlying causes, the cause of trichotillomania remains unidentified. The current understanding of the underlying causes suggests that some patients may respond to short-term behavior modification approaches, whereas others require medical management." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can trichotillomania be cured?

"Only some (45% or 25 of 69) have been able to show a clinically significant improvement in trichotillomania through treatment. It seems that relapse is more likely in patients whose parents reported a history of the condition (P=0.024), but there was no significant difference in relapse occurrence between trichotillomania patients with and without comorbid depression. For both trichotillomania with and without depression, only a few patients were able to show a complete remission of symptoms." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get trichotillomania a year in the United States?

"Around 10,000 people per year are diagnosed with trichotillomania. There is a male-to-female ratio of 1:1.5 for diagnosing patients with trichotillomania. The mean age per diagnosis is 34.6 years." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is trichotillomania?

"The clinical characteristics of patients with trichotillomania are very similar to the ones observed in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Also, they are often associated with an obsessive, compulsive and related character of life. Hence, they can be seen as variants of the same psychiatric disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for trichotillomania?

"There are no FDA-approved trichotillomanic drugs. Treatments used to treat trichotillomania include mood regulators such as antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics. There is good evidence of short-term effectiveness of trichotillomania therapies, though there is no evidence of long-term maintenance treatments for the disorder. Psychological and behavioral therapies may be used for the treatment of tics as well as other comorbid conditions. There is a small but steady amount of evidence that tical-type tics can be effectively treated through a combination of mood regulation medications and family support treatments. Combining both medical and psychological treatments has been shown to lead to the greatest clinical improvement." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is habitaware keen2 safe for people?

"We found that the HAki2 system provided acceptable feedback, safety, and usability. Recent findings support future deployment of this system to help individuals detect and engage in healthier behaviours." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of habitaware keen2?

"The most commonly experienced side effects were drowsiness and loss of appetite. The most commonly experienced sexual side effects were dryness, loss of libido, itching, and sensation of 'edge of the tongue'. There were few side effects that were rated as unpleasant." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the primary cause of trichotillomania?

"Recent findings suggests a strong association between gender differences in social adjustment and personality traits and the course of symptoms in patients with trimming. Future studies should focus on the relationship between psychosocial factors and the specific biological changes involved in the pathophysiology of trichotillomania." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does trichotillomania run in families?

"Results from a recent clinical trial and previous findings suggest that familial transmission of trichotillomania is less pervasive than initially predicted. Results from a recent clinical trial may help inform the development of future diagnostic and treatment models." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is habitaware keen2?

"Results from a recent clinical trial suggests that habitaware can be a useful tool for assessing habits, and that therapists should be aware of this possibility." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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