Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

What are body-focused repetitive behaviors?

“BFRB for short, is an umbrella term for a group of repetitive self-grooming behaviours in which an individual damages their appearance or causes physical injury through pulling, picking, biting or scraping of the hair, skin or nails. BFRBs are also considered impulse control disorders as part of the OCD Spectrum. Over time these conditions can cause very significant distress, which can affect work, social and daily activities. These behaviors are not a form of self-harm.” (Source)

  • Canadian BFRB Support Network (CBSN): “Run by a group of passionate volunteers and advocates, the Canadian Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour Support Network (CBSN) aims to reduce the stigma, shame, and isolation associated with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), and related mental health conditions.”
  • Skin Picking Support: “Skin Picking Support is a website by Angela Hartlin to provide support, information, and to bring worldwide awareness to Dermatillomania (aka Excoriation Disorder). It offers resources to learn about this disorder and provides personal insights into recovery while facing the struggles and stigma surrounding this Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior.”
  • The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors: “The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors takes a comprehensive approach to helping people overcome and heal from body-focused repetitive behaviors.”