Ohio BFRBs
(Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors)

Mike Miller, PhD
BFRB Resources

THE organization that has the most resources and does the most support and advocacy is The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors www.bfrb.org  Additional resources can be found there.  Prior to 2016, they were known as the Trichotillomania Leaning Center www.trich.org.  The name change was made to reflect that many are skin pickers or have other BFRBs than hair pulling.

Support Groups

There is a new Support Group for adults with BFRBs in northeast Ohio http://bit.ly/2atzLgv.  There is also a group in Mason.  However, there are a variety of online support groups that can be found at

Online Resources

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is Free Webinar by Martin Franklin, PhD.  It is VERY informative about what is known about BFRBs and treatment.  If you have these conditions or you have a family member with them, take 75 minutes for the presentation.  You won't be sorry.  Download files for both audio and power point slides at  http://bit.ly/2ctM9OJ

www.christinapearson.com    Christina is a recovering skin picker/hair puller/drinker.  She founded the Trichotillomania Learning Center in 1991.  She was trained in providing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  She provides  8-wk. online classes for adults, teens, and older children.

www.stopskinpickingcoach.com   Annette Pasternak, PhD is a recovering skin picker and health coach.  There is a good bit of free helpful info on her website.  Be sure to check out her blog.

Web home for Fred Penzel, PhD, one of the pioneers of working with BFRBS.  Excellent articles on hair pulling at http://bit.ly/UkgKTs   and skin picking and nail biting at  http://bit.ly/29ZNBta

Selected Books

For adults:

Dr. Pasternak has written  Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop.  She incorporates CBT within a holistic approach, looking at eating, etc.  This is THE best book for recovery from BFRBs, imho.  I Highly Recommend getting it asap.

For Children and Adolescents:

The Hair Pulling "Habit" and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, Revised Edition   Ruth Golomb and Sherrie Vsvrichek  A classic.

What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More  Dawn Huebner.  Good book written for kids, including dealing with some BFRBs, explaining CBT in a way that kids can understand.

For Parents:

A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania (Formerly "Stay Out of My Hair")   Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb.

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