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Is cheek biting ocd?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No usually

Body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb) is not usually considered obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavioral modification treatment and possibly medication is often helpful.

In brief: No usually

Body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb) is not usually considered obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavioral modification treatment and possibly medication is often helpful.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Timothy Re
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: BFRB

Cheek biting is thought to be a body focused repetitive behavior much like hairpulling, skin picking, nail biting and others.

In brief: BFRB

Cheek biting is thought to be a body focused repetitive behavior much like hairpulling, skin picking, nail biting and others.
Dr. Timothy Re
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Termed "Morsicatio"

Morsicatio is the term used for chronic cheek biting.
Usually this phenomenon occurs do to intense focus, intense thinking, or in some cases, neuropathy. Most often, this is a non-issue; however, some studies have shown, if done for prolonged periods, these tissues can become dysplastic. So, try to stop doing this if possible.

In brief: Termed "Morsicatio"

Morsicatio is the term used for chronic cheek biting.
Usually this phenomenon occurs do to intense focus, intense thinking, or in some cases, neuropathy. Most often, this is a non-issue; however, some studies have shown, if done for prolonged periods, these tissues can become dysplastic. So, try to stop doing this if possible.
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cheek Biting - BFRB

This could be body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrbs) - like hair pulling & nail biting.
Bfrbs can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like inside of cheek/on tongue). Bfrbs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Helpful behavioral treatments available. A clinical psychologist who specializes in bfrbs can help.

In brief: Cheek Biting - BFRB

This could be body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrbs) - like hair pulling & nail biting.
Bfrbs can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like inside of cheek/on tongue). Bfrbs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Helpful behavioral treatments available. A clinical psychologist who specializes in bfrbs can help.
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