If this were the case, an entire field dedicated to understanding and treating patients with BFRBs wouldn’t exist. These behaviors are not easy to stop, and they’re not necessarily within an individual’s direct control. Think about any behaviors that you’ve tried to start or stop in your life, be it changing your diet or breaking a bad habit. Not so easy, right? Behaviors are entrenched in our daily lives, and making changes takes lots of time and effort.
Ultimately, BFRBs are treatable and should not define an individual or become the center of the family structure. BFRBs are only one small part of a person — not an aspect that defines them on any level.
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors: Next Steps
The content for this article was derived from the ADDitude ADHD Experts webinar titled, “BFRB + ADHD: Helping Your Child with Hair Pulling and Skin Picking” [Video Replay & Podcast #453] with Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D., which was broadcast on May 4, 2023.
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