QUESTION: Are there any medications that have success, that are not overly sedating?
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ANSWER: Medications of all sorts for picking are notoriously unhelpful and some especially ADD and ADHD medications can make it worse. Some individuals have success with antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antianxiety meds but none are consistently helpful. They often are of some help with the underlyjng anxiety or depression, but statistically are not very impressive for picking. There is a health food store dietary supplement that about 50% of people find somewhat reduces urges. Go to (http://www.trich.org/dnld/NACarticle_InTouch55_rev.pdf) for more on this one.
Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School