Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP), also called pathological skin picking, neurotic excoriation, or dermatillomania, is defined as the habitual picking of skin lesions or the excessive scratching, picking, or squeezing of otherwise healthy skin is a poorly understood disorder.
Some researchers now believe that compulsive hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting form a subgroup of what is becoming known as the Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder Spectrum. OCD has been previously been regarded as only a single disorder but may in fact represent a range of related disorders, including classic OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Trichotillomania, Onychophagia, Compulsive Skin Picking, Compulsive Nail Biting, and Tourette's Syndrome.
The characteristics of skin picking include:
Recurrent skin picking - face, lips, scalp, hands or arms.
Tension increase immediately before picking.
Pleasure, gratification, tension decrease or relief when skin picking.
The picking causes significant difficulties in life, or stress.
Sensations such as itching, tingling, burning, or an uncontrollable urge to pick their skin.
Stereotypic Behaviors - body rocking, thumb sucking, knuckle cracking, cheek chewing, and head banging.
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