Quick Answer: How Do I Stop Compulsive Skin Picking?

Is picking at your skin a sign of anxiety?

People may pick out of habit or boredom, and, at times, may not even be aware that they are picking.

People may also pick in an attempt to cope with negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, sadness, anger) and/or in response to feelings of mounting stress and tension.

While picking, people may feel relief..

Is Dermatillomania a form of OCD?

Excoriation disorder (also referred to as chronic skin-picking or dermatillomania) is a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Why can’t I stop picking at my skin?

If you can’t stop picking your skin, you may have a very common condition called skin picking disorder (SPD). We all pick at a scab or a bump from time to time, but for those with SPD, it can be nearly impossible to control those urges.

What causes excessive skin picking?

The exact cause of skin picking disorder remains unknown. That said, it may develop alongside other health conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism. Skin picking disorder can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and overall health.

How do you treat Dermatillomania?

As with most Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, the most effective treatment for Dermatillomania is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). When treating Dermatillomania with CBT, the two most useful techniques are Habit-Reversal Training (HRT) and Mindfulness Based CBT.