Mental Health

Skin picking disorder


Skin picking disorder, also known as excoriation disorder, is a condition in which a person repeatedly picks at their skin, causing damage and sometimes bleeding. The causes of the disorder are not fully understood, but it may be related to stress, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Symptoms include frequent skin picking, noticeable marks or scars on the skin, and difficulty stopping the behaviour despite negative consequences.


Diagnosis is typically made by a mental health professional, who may perform a physical examination and ask about the person’s behaviour and mental health history.

Treatment options include therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, which can help a person learn to manage their urges to pick and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Medications, such as antidepressants, may also be prescribed. In addition, self-help strategies, such as keeping the hands busy with fidget toys, and applying band-aids or other coverings to the skin to make it more difficult to pick, can be helpful.


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Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych

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