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.
BFRBs affect 2-5% of the Canadian population, or approximately 2 million adults and children.
*These behaviours are NOT a form of self-harm.
- Hair-Pulling Disorder
- Skin-Picking Disorder
- Trichophagia –
- Onychophagia – Compulsive nail/cuticle biting.
- Rhinotillexomania – Compulsive nose picking. N
- Trichotemnomania (compulsive hair cutting/shaving)
- Dermatophagia (compulsive skin biting ie. around nails, lips & inside of cheeks)
- Scab Eating Disorder (comparable to the way someone with trichotillomania may digest the hair after pulling it out)
Learn more. www.canadianbfrb.org/learn/faq/