Trichotillomania & Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders

Hi friends! Today we’re talking about trichotillomania’s BFRB Disorder classification. Don’t know what I’m talking about or want to know more? Read on :)

Trichotillomania’s Classification


Trichotillomania is generally categorized as a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) disorder. As the name would suggest, this categorization is due to receptive grooming behaviors to one’s own body.

While trichotillomania is included in the BFRB category, there are other disorders which share the same classification. Perhaps you’ve even heard of a few of them or have some in addition to trich.


12 Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders


Location Name Meaning
Mouth Morsicatio buccarum Cheek biting
Morsication labiorum Inner lip biting
Morsication buccarum Tongue biting


Location Name Meaning
Hands Onychophagia Nail biting
Onychotillomania Nail picking


Location Name Meaning
Hair Trichotillomania (TTM) Hair pulling
Trichophagia Hair nibbling/eating
Trichotemnomania Hair cutting


Location Name Meaning
Skin Dermatillomania/Excoriation Skin picking
Dermatophagia Skin nibbling/eating


Location Name Meaning
Nose Rhinotillexomania Compulsive nose picking


Location Name Meaning
Eyes Mucus Fishing Syndrome Compulsive eye-mucus removal

Comorbidity: One Person, Many BFRBs


Comorbidity (def) = existing simultaneously with other medical conditions

Basically, comorbidity is a fancy way of saying that if you have trich (a BFRB), there’s a good chance you might have another BFRB as well. Unfortunately, it seems that birds of a feather do flock together.

My Own BFRBs


I can only speak from personal experience here. I have trichotillomania and trichophagia all the time, every day. I would say they are my main BFRB disorder pair for sure but I also have moderate to minimal instances of other BFRBs as well:

  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling): severe
  • Trichophagia (hair nibbling/eating): severe
  • Dermatillomania/Excoriation (skin picking): moderate
  • Onychophagia (nail biting): minimal

It really seems like my fingers go where they shouldn’t and my mouth bites on things it shouldn’t. Of course, as I sensible adult, I can rationally say to myself “keep your fingers from picking and your mouth from biting” but it rarely works. Even as I type this, I bit a tiny hangnail. Without even thinking. Without stress. Just because I’ve always done it and now I continue to do it. Breaking that habit mindset is why I think Keen bracelets are so effective (but more on that in another post!).


From what I’ve seen on social media, in Facebook groups and on Twitter, I’m not alone in having many BFRBs. It seems like most trichsters also have some other form of BFRB in addition to trichotillomania. Do you? Share your stories in the comment box if you’d like 🙂 As always, thanks so much for reading and take care. xx Rexie

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