Dermatillomania: A form of obsessive compulsive disorder where a person compulsively picks at their own skin. Sufferers can feel the pain they inflict on themselves but the feelings of gratification and stress relief prevent them from stopping. The severity and extent of damage to the skin is variable. Stress and anxiety can trigger the compulsive skin picking.
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Symptoms of Dermatillomania
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Treatments for Dermatillomania
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, mediation, medication
- Simple measures may help break the cycle, but if the behaviour becomes extreme, psychotherapy and medication may help. Treatments include:
- Topical applications to discourage nail biting
- Bitter favoured clear polishes marketed to stop nail biting
- Ordinary nail polishes can act as a deterrent
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Causes of Dermatillomania
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