Episode 34: ADHD and Repetitive Body Focused Behaviors (Also Known As Skin-Picking, Nail Biting, Teeth Grinding, etc.)

EP. 34: ADHD and Repetitive Body Focused Behaviors (Also Known As Skin-Picking, Nail Biting, Teeth Grinding, Etc.)

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. This weeks topic is all about Repetitive Body Focused Behaviors (RBFBs). RBFBs are related to self-grooming, anxiety management and/or sensory stimulation. The most common BFRBs are trichotillomania (hair pulling, eyelashes), dermatillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail biting), dermatophagia (skin biting), teeth grinding (bruxism), tongue biting (morsicatio linguarum).

This week’s topic is all about Repetitive Body-Focused Behaviors (RBFBs). RBFBs are related to self-grooming, anxiety management and/or sensory stimulation. 

The most common BFRBs are trichotillomania (hair pulling, eyelashes), dermatillomania (skin picking), onychophagia (nail biting), dermatophagia (skin biting), teeth grinding (bruxism), tongue biting (morsicatio linguarum). They are complex conditions that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage. 

Learn why:

  • It’s so hard to stop these behaviors
  • These behaviors normally begin
  • ADHD predisposes us to RBFBs
  • Perfectionism may play a role in RBFBs
  • ADHD medication may make RBFBs worse
  • RBFBs may elevate our dopamine levels

Learn what:

  • Condition RBFBB is normally associated with
  • Percent of the members of our FB group have RBFB. It’s very surprising
  • Members say about their own RBFBs
  • You can do to stop or at a minimum lessen these RBFBs?
  • Amino acid supplement may help
  • Workarounds have made a difference to our members

Resources:

Hair Pulling! Skin Picking! Nail Biting! Oh, My!

Body-focused repetitive behaviors upset and mystify many of us. Here, learn about its causes, its link to ADHD, and its treatment options. Most of us know that mood disorders, anxiety, and oppositional defiant disorder frequently come along with a diagnosis of ADHD. Not many realize that something called body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) do as well.

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Anxiety and ADHD – ADHD Podcast: ADHD Support Talk Radio

Dr. Roberto Olivardia joins Tara McGillicuddy this week on ADHD Support Talk Radio. On this podcast episode Tara and Dr. Roberto Olivardia will be discussing some important issues related to Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Anxiety and ADHD. This podcast episode originally aired on 3/5/18 Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard […]

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)

General Description of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB’s) are “complex disorders that cause people to repeatedly touch their hair and body in ways that result in physical damage” ( BFRB.org). While BFRB’s are habit-like, they are technically not habits. However, the concept of a habit is used here to help explain what a BFRB is.

Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Anxiety and ADHD – ADHD Podcast: ADHD Support Talk Radio

Dr. Roberto Olivardia joins Tara McGillicuddy this week on ADHD Support Talk Radio. On this podcast episode Tara and Dr. Roberto Olivardia will be discussing some important issues related to Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Anxiety and ADHD. This podcast episode originally aired on 3/5/18 Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard […]

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