We are The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, the first and largest organization dedicated to helping people with hair pulling, skin picking, and related disorders. This week is BFRB awareness week. Ask us anything!
Hi Reddit, Hannah, Rebecca, Amy, and Kathleen from the TLC Foundation for BFRBs here.
This week (10/1-10/7) is BFRB awareness week. BFRBs are a group of disorders including hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting among others, and occur in 2-3% of the population.
For 29 years we've been at the forefront of raising awareness for the common but under recognized and diagnosed disorders, providing community support, and funding research. We raised over $2 million to fund the largest multi-site study looking at BFRBs. We provide educational resources to therapists, doctors, and cosmetologists, and community resources to people with BFRBs including support groups, webinars, courses, and an annual conference.
We are not doctors or licensed clincians, just a group of dedicated people who want to raise awareness and help others.
Ask us anything about the disorders, our work, the organization. We're happy to answer it all!
Update: Thanks everyone for asking questions, it was super fun answering them for all of you. Remember, you are not alone. Feel free to visit us on our website to learn more and find resources!