Trying to find the best way to support your loved one while taking care of your own needs is a delicate balance, especially when the general public doesn’t really understand body-focused repetitive behaviors or BFRBs, including hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (excoriation/dermatillomania), nail biting (onychophagia), cheek biting (morsicatio buccarum), and other associated behaviors.
Body-focused repetitive behaviors can cause significant shame and isolation due to societal stigmas and mischaracterization. If you have a loved one that experiences body-focused repetitive behaviors, TLC offers a variety of health education and community programs to support the whole family.
Finding success takes time, hard work, motivation, and a lot of persistence. Each person’s journey is different. Some days are better than others. Through it all, TLC is here to support you.
TLC offers a variety of health education and community programs for individuals experiencing BFRBs, parents, family members, loved ones, educators, and clinicians, to connect, learn, and grow.
Choosing a therapeutic provider to support your BFRB journey is a process that takes time. Patience and persistence are key to finding your own level of success.
Medications used for OCD and other anxiety disorders have been tested on subjects with BFRBs with limited success. There has not yet been any single medication or combined medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of BFRBs.