Painting Flowers

Two out of fifty people have been diagnosed with a BFRB.

Many more exist without a diagnosis. Don’t suffer in silence.

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) are a common disorder, especially for people with pre-existing mental health conditions. BFRBs include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania), and more. Many children and adults have BFRBs that get dismissed as “bad habits” and remain untreated, leading to bodily damage, increased anxiety or depression, and immense shame.

In Painting Flowers, Flora struggles with pulling out her “garden,” meant to represent hair. She suffers from a hair pulling disorder, trichotillomania, which leaves her partially bald. Flora learns coping mechanisms to help her refrain from pulling her hair when she is stressed, and discovers a new passion along the way.

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