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Dermatillomania, Skin Picking, Onychophagia, Nail Biting, Skin Excoriation, BFRB
By Devon Frye on August 16, 2018 in Brainstorm
A crowdfunded initiative aims to shed much-needed light on body-focused repetitive behaviors.
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on August 01, 2018 in Touchy Subject
Many people with BFRBs report that sometimes they are aware of their behavior, while at other times it seems automatic. Does it matter?
By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on July 22, 2018 in Cognition Cafe
African Americans with major depression report more chronic symptoms and are less likely to receive adequate healthcare compared to non-Hispanic whites.
By Jennifer Raikes on July 18, 2018 in Hands Up
What made the bathroom floor flood with hair, what made my sister cry herself to sleep, what made her wear a wig to high school, was a cunning and sly disorder: trichotillomania.
By Sean Grover L.C.S.W. on July 11, 2018 in When Kids Call the Shots
Mysterious aches and pains, and their meanings.
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on June 28, 2018 in Touchy Subject
Imagine if during childhood you avoided swimming and wore long sleeves to ride a bike? For kids with BFRBs, summer means fear of uncovering what they'd prefer to hide.
By Bryna Siegel Ph.D. on May 30, 2018 in The Politics of Autism
The 2018 meetings of the International Society for Autism Research: Is it okay for the social conventions of the "Neurotypicals" to be encroached upon by the "Neurodiverse?"
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on May 07, 2018 in Touchy Subject
How can you tell if a habitual behavior like biting your nails is a sign of a mental health disorder? If the behavior troubles you, it may be time to seek help.
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in Touchy Subject
Body-focused repetitive behaviors are more common than you might think.
By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on December 02, 2017 in Behind Online Behavior
We need to steer away from abstract goals, such as thought leadership, and start thinking in terms of clearly defined actions.
By Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS on November 03, 2017 in When Food Is Family
Symptoms and behaviors that attempt to deal with emotions and replace relationships abound.
By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in Science of Choice
Faulty thinking sheds light on the development and maintenance of BDD.
By Naveed Saleh M.D., M.S. on September 11, 2017 in The Red-Light District
New research suggests that the propensity for contagious yawning is rooted in the excitation and inhibition of the primary motor cortex.
By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D., CLC, CPT on July 24, 2017 in The Blame Game
A third of Americans are obese and consumers spend more than $50 billion on weight loss. The reasons for the obesity epidemic may surprise you. Hint: Big Brother is trying to help.
By Tasneem Abrahams on June 29, 2017 in Mastering Hair Pulling
Do you pull, tug or fiddle with your hair when you are anxious? Does hair pulling in turn exacerbate your anxiety? How can you break the cycle?
By Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in Lifetime Connections
There is nothing wrong with needing a little self-soothing so long as it is not detrimental to your health.
By Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS on March 17, 2017 in When Food Is Family
Understanding unconscious motivation, strengthening ego defenses, experiencing loss & longing facilitate eating disorder recovery and enable responsible & honorable decision making
By Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in The Antidepressant Diet
It's stressful to have to recognize "alternate facts" are being encouraged.
By Matt Traube, MFT on January 01, 2017 in Healthy Mind, Healthy Skin
Is the need to remove skin imperfections becoming addictive?
By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Attention Training
This mechanism has been mined by sports for years, but it is useful to health and healing beyond the sport world.
By Matt Traube, MFT on December 12, 2016 in Healthy Mind, Healthy Skin
Is constant skin picking or hair pulling becoming difficult to manage? Here is a tool to better understand the behavior.
By Tasneem Abrahams on November 05, 2016 in Mastering Hair Pulling
How do you stop pulling if you don't even know when you are doing it? Research shows that self-monitoring technology can help.
By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Evidence shows that martial arts training--and activities like horseback riding--focused on physical and mental integration can be effective in improving communication in autism.
By Matt Traube, MFT on October 19, 2016 in Healthy Mind, Healthy Skin
Does skin picking or hair pulling significantly limit your life?
By Greta Gleissner LCSW on September 12, 2016 in Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery
Your eating disorder does not define you. Cultivating self-compassion will help you to understand your experience and find peace within yourself.
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