What is Dermatillomania?

Dermatillomania is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused. Research has suggested that the urge to pick is similar to an obsessive compulsive disorder/abuse disorder.

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I was prescribed Citalopram 20mg 3 years ago for depression and anxiety. I also take Trazodone 50mg as a sleep aid. Now I have realized that I also...

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Try another antidepressant

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Hi I have cut spots on my face around four years ago I used to cut my face with a shaving blade or used to scratch it with my nails and then it...

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It is beyond my understanding why would someone keep on scratching face or picking at the wound. It could be a...

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Hi. Recently, I ve noticed a rough, dry patch of skin on the left side of my right thumb near my fingernail. I always feel like picking at it with...

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This condition is called as 'dermatillomania". Its one of the obsessive disorder. If the skin is getting dry, put simple petroleum jelly...

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