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Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)

Body focused repetitive behaviors are recurrent destructive behaviors directed towards the body. They include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking, and nail biting. Recommended treatment approaches include habit reversal therapy, ACT, and components of DBT.

  • Treatment guidelines for trichotillomania, skin picking, and other body focused repetitive behaviors | Trichotillomania Learning Center | 2011 download archived copy

Overcoming distress intolerance

Interpersonal effectiveness

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Developing self-compassion

  • Roberts, S., O’Connor, K., & Bélanger, C. (2013). Emotion regulation and other psychological models for body-focused repetitive behaviors. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(6), 745-762. download archived copy
  • Sarah H, M., Hana F, Z., Hilary E, D., & Martin E, F. (2013). Habit reversal training in trichotillomania: guide for the clinician. Expert review of neurotherapeutics, 13(9), 1069-1077. download archived copy

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