To bring awareness to this "unknown" disorder
Dermatillomania (aka Neurotic Excoriation, Acne Excoriee, Psychogenic Excoriation, psychodermatitis, Self Injurious Skin Picking) is a compulsive disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin often to the extent that damage is caused.
Currently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, the written authority on psychiatric disorders, doesn't have a specific accepted "name" for the condition yet. The medical term for this disorder is Trichotillomania, which is another disorder triggered by the same impulse. Compulsive Skin Picking is related to Body Dysmorphic Disorder as well as
- it is NOT the same as "cutting". Skin picking is impulsive and many times done without the picker knowing it.
- it is more taboo than admitting to alcoholism because of the lack of awareness.
- sufferers find skin picking to be gratifying rather than painful.
- this behavior can consume many hours a day and may involve the use of pins, knives, staple removers, tweezers, and razor blades.
- can become life threatening; when the picking is so deep as to threaten or expose underlying vessels, which may require emergency surgical intervention
- sufferers may enter a trance-like state without feeling pain from the infliction[s] caused to the body; dissociating the mind from body.
- genetic link
- learned behavior from others
- childhood abuse; sufferers often take on the job of abuse once it's finished
- the irrational intention of clearing the skin, though it causes more damage
WHEN DOES IT BECOME A PROBLEM?
It becomes a problem when it causes noticeable damage to the self, results in emotional distress about the problem, or takes up considerable amount of time in one's life by either engaging in the behavior or attempting to cover it up. In more severe cases individuals suffer impairment in social or occupational functioning through decreased social activities, lateness for work, and avoidance of activities due to embarrassment of the visible damage done.
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The result of the picking cause shame and anxiety, which can lead to more picking. Thus, the cycle continues.
1. More research on how to "cure" this disorder is needed.
2. People need to know that this disorder exists.
3. Support systems about this disorder need to be created
4. To recognize this as a problem that needs treatment rather than a shameful habit to be ignored