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Body-focused repetitive behaviors are physiological disorders that are characterized by picking, pulling, pinching or biting of the hair skin and nails.
They usually go in hand with other anxiety or depression disorders although there is no inherent cause but there is some ties to heredity.
People who have BFRBs are usually not conscious of the behavior as it is happening but have to deal with the side effects with bald patches and skin irritation among others. But many people with this disorder lead normal lives, have normal relationships and can flourish.
Even when you are struggling with BFRB it does not mean you are broken. Everyone has difficulties in their lives, some that will always be a struggle but in finding others with similar issues can help you build community and safety and create a supportive network of people who understand. It takes courage and persistence to address health issues and if you are looking at this you are taking at least the first steps to start healing and using tools that will lead to success and confidence.
You don’t choose to pick it’s just something you have to face. BFRB is not who you are and it doesn’t define you.
Submitted by Trichotillomania Forum staff