Dealing with a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) like compulsive hair-pulling or skin-picking can be exhausting and frustrating, to say the least.
“Body-focused repetitive behavior” (BFRB) is a general term for any disorder that makes someone touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage — like bald patches, skin discoloration, bleeding, or scarring. Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder) are two common BFRBs.
And while working with a professional is the best way to move toward recovery, lots of people have found little ways to keep picking and pulling compulsions at bay day-to-day.
So we want to know: Outside of professional treatment, what things have been invaluable in dealing with your pulling or picking compulsions?
Maybe you keep track of every day you go without pulling or picking and reward yourself after a streak.
Or maybe you rely on fiddle jewelry to keep your fingers busy.
Maybe you keep a collection of fabric scraps handy to destroy when you really need to pick or pull.
Or maybe you’ve discovered ways to camouflage the effects to help reduce anxiety during recovery.
Like, maybe finally learning how to get a great brow look with makeup was really empowering — and helped you keep your hands off.