SKIN-PICKING, HAIR-PULLING, AND OTHER BODY-FOCUSED REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS
Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) include any repetitive grooming behaviour. Common parts of the body where people engage in repetitive grooming include biting, pulling, picking, or chewing on hair, skin, lips, cheeks, and nails. People often injure themselves due to these repetitive behaviours and engage in other behaviours, such as looking in mirrors for long periods of time or covering injured features, in response to the shame or guilt about their BFRB.
Approximately 2-3% of people currently or have had a BFRB at some point in their life. Studies show that women usually present for treatment more often than men, so the true rate of BFRBs may be undercounted.
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