Most people have never heard words like body-focused repetitive behaviors or BFRBs, hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (excoriation/dermatillomania), nail biting (onychophagia), cheek biting (morsicatio buccarum), and other associated behaviors.
These behaviors are often misunderstood and mischaracterized as “bad habits”, “self-harm”, “OCD”, and more.
If you experience body-focused repetitive behaviors, you are not alone! It’s estimated that 1-in-20 people do too. There is a vibrant, caring, supportive community here for you. Learn more through the TLC website and get involved by attending TLC health education and community programs.
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.