What it is: The TAP Clinic provides treatment for skin picking (excoriation disorder) and hair pulling (trichotillomania). Referred to as body-focused repetitive behavior disorders, behaviors like skin picking and hair pulling can be difficult for people to stop on their own. These behaviors can be automatic (e.g., a person unknowingly begins to pick or pull while bored in traffic) or focused (e.g., a person notices an increasing urge to pick or pull and feels relief or pleasure after doing so). People with these disorders often experience distress (e.g., embarrassment or worry about the behaviors) and impairment (e.g., avoidance of social situations or activities).
Associated Concerns: Skin picking and hair pulling are behaviors that are often co-occurring, along with other body-focused repetitive behaviors like nail biting or lip chewing. Many people with these concerns may also experience mood disturbance or obsessive-compulsive disorder.