BFRBs include trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and dermatillomania (skin picking disorder), as well as nail biting, nail picking, cheek biting, etc. As many as 1 in 20 people have a BFRB, but they can be dismissed as “bad habits.” While BFRBs share some symptoms with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they’re not the same.



  • The Hair Pulling “Habit” and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle (by Ruth Goldfinger Golomb and Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek)
  • A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania (by Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb)
  • Overcoming Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors: A Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Hair Pulling and Skin Picking (by Charles Mansueto, Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek, and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb)

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