Hair pulling disorder (also known as Trichotillomania) is characterized by excessive and repetitive pulling of one’s hair from one or more parts of the body. Officially classed as an “Obsessive-Compulsive related disorder” (DSM-5), this type of self-grooming behaviour is considered a Body Focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB). BFRBs are characterized by excessive and repetitive self-grooming behaviours, resulting in damage or physical injury. Other examples of BFRBs include:
- Skin picking disorder
- Nail biting
- Cheek biting
- Lip biting
Some individuals experience more than one type of BFRB. When these behaviours cause noticeable hair loss or skin damage, or to the degree of impairment (including avoidance), it may be time to seek professional help.
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