For a brief synopsis of dermatillomania or skin picking disorder, including what it is, the basic facts about the disorder, the prevalence, the gender distribution, and common therapies utilized to aid in recovery, check out the great infographic below from skinpick.com!
Dermatillomania, also known as excoriation disorder or skin-picking disorder, was first officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder in the most recent version of the DSM, the DSM-5. It is currently classified under the category of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and is "characterized by the repetitive and compulsive picking of skin, leading to tissue damage" (American Journal of Psychiatry). The face, arms and hands are the most commonly involved areas, and individuals affected with this disorder may pick/squeeze/rub/bite at healthy skin, or minor skin imperfections or lesions like acne (DSM). The onset of skin picking disorder can vary from childhood into adulthood, however for many it begins during puberty in adolescence.
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