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When an individual is diagnosed to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, they are suffering from obsessions and compulsions. These obsessions and compulsions may vary from one patient to another depending on how they cope with them.

One of the compulsions OCD patients experience is the pathologic skin picking. What is skin picking? Pathologic skin picking is a mental illness characterized by picking one’s skin to get rid of skin irregularities like moles, freckles or pimples. Skin picking may also be considered as impulse control disorder but is most commonly found on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder patients.

There are different symptoms one can have because of pathologic skin picking. It is also called as psychogenic excoriation or dermatillomania. It is defined to be as a compulsive or repeatedly picking of the skin to the extent of inflicting wound and or skin damage. Worse is patients may have infection because of this excessive skin picking which is also irrational and is brought by the obsessive and compulsive symptoms of patients. Patients with pathologic skin picking do the picking of their epidermis all the times which may affect their performance in their work, in school or even their relationships with their family members at home. This gives them barriers in finding a stable job and performing well in school or even to get along with their family members at home.

They usually use their fingers, pins, tweezers or other instruments in picking their skin. They usually do this in their neck, back, scalp and even worse, in their face. Picking of the skin may not only be because of some blemishes and irregularities in the skin but can be considered as compulsion as well when linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety because of their irregularities and blemishes is the main cause of their compulsion. But eventually, as time goes by, their anxiety becomes a depression because they feel embarrassed of their picking habit and become even ashamed of what their picking resulted to their skin.

Pathologic skin picking can be identified at anybody at any age even at the age of 3. This usually happens on adults who have acne, eczema or psoriasis. Skin picking does not treat their skin problems and even make them worse. Skin picking can be treated through medications such as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and through having cognitive behavior therapy. But is very important that they must be addressed and consulted to health specialists.


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