When children and teenagers pick at their skin or pull at their hair so much that they hurt themselves — leaving scabs or bald spots — they often say they can’t stop, even if they’re embarrassed or being bullied by other kids because of it. That’s because doing these things makes them feel better in a hard-to-understand way. These disorders include trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and excoriation (skin-picking). Experts call them body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), and kids use them to alleviate stress.

BFRBs are not the same as self-injury, when kids cut, burn, or scratch themselves to intentionally cause pain. But self-injury is also a response to difficult feelings.

Our one-on-one cognitive and behavioral training can help them to manage the stress and the root causes of all their emotional issues. Contact us now to schedule assessment and consultation!



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