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Having a family member who has a BFRB can put a huge amount of stress on the entire family. At first you might not even know what to do, where to turn, or what to think. CBSN is here for to help guide you in the right direction.

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A good place to start is reading about BFRBs. Learn as much as you can – knowledge really is power. (Try here & here for starters).

Below, are a few tips on how to help your loved one:

  1. As much as you may be confused and frustrated, imagine how your loved one is feeling. Try to be supportive, understanding and patient.
  2. Do not feel guilty about your loved one having a BFRB, and vice versa make someone feel guilty they have a BFRB.
  3. Don’t embarrass your loved one in front of others in attempts to make them stop.
  4. View your relative’s hair pulling and/or skin picking behaviours as symptoms, not character flaws.
  5. Ask your relative if they would like your help dealing with their BFRB, do not force that help.
  6. Support your relative’s choices regarding treatment programs and medication.

For Parents

By just finding this page, you are already helping your child – so hats off to you. Here are a few articles and stories to give you some more insight into what your child may be feeling/going through:

Watching Your Child Relapse

Tips for Parents of Trichsters (Hair-Pullers)

The Child’s Perspective – Adult’s with BFRBs reflect on what their parents could have done differently

Sarah’s letter to her 12 year-old self

Are you desperate to find a cure? Read this.

Trich (Hair-Pulling) from a Mom’s perspective

The Importance of Support

Creating a Self-Care Toolbox for BFRBs

For Significant Others

5 Things To Know When Dating Someone With Trichotillomania

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Telling Someone You Have Trichotillomania