Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders (BFRBs) are a group of disorders which cause people to compulsively damage themselves. They affect more than 4% of the population.
BFRBs are not just "bad habits"—they can be a lot more severe and a lot harder to stop.
They are also completely unrelated to self-harm, which has to do with depression rather than anxiety.
BFRBs are one of the least understood types of mental disorder, but can be very problematic.
Some common BFRBs include:
- Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
- Dermatillomania (skin picking)
- Onychophagia (nail biting)