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By Jennifer Raikes on March 11, 2019 in Hands Up
When therapy is not the (only) answer: how we can experiment to find the behavioral interventions that work best for us.
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on January 30, 2019 in Touchy Subject
Evidence-based treatments help many with BFRBs, but people respond differently, and relapse is common. The solution may lie in precision-medicine research.
By Raj Persaud, M.D. and Peter Bruggen, M.D. on December 31, 2018 in Slightly Blighty
... and this current study suggests we can be divided into two basic psychological types, whether we value time more than money or whether we value time as if it were money.
By Jennifer Raikes on November 21, 2018 in Hands Up
I was assigned to share a room with another girl when I started college. I hoped she would be accepting of my hair pulling disorder, but I had no idea how she would react.
By Tara Peris Ph.D. on November 13, 2018 in Touchy Subject
Body-focused repetitive behaviors often go undiagnosed for years. Here's what every doctor who treats children should know about spotting and treating these disorders.
By Jennifer Raikes on September 24, 2018 in Hands Up
Is your hair stylist or skin care provider in the dark about your BFRB? For your next salon visit, take these three steps.
By Jennifer Raikes on September 19, 2018 in Hands Up
For a young woman who pulled out her thick bi-racial hair due to trichotillomania, a visit to the salon was anything but relaxing.
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.
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