Dermatillomania, also known as skin picking disorder (SPD), is a serious problem in which an individual picks at their skin to the extent that it causes wounds. Many people don\u2019t have an awareness of this condition but 2% to 3% of the population actually struggles with it. If you struggle with compulsive skin picking, you aren't alone. SPD is considered to be an impulse control disorder that is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Occasionally, individuals will also display characteristics of other disorders such as substance abuse, borderline personality disorder or body dysmorphic disorder. Dermatillomania is most common among teenagers and young adults. Females are more likely to struggle with it than men and may need to seek treatment for OCD Symptoms of Dermatillomania Individuals who suffer from dermatillomania may exhibit symptoms like: \tSkin picking \tCompulsively rubbing skin \tSkin scratching \tRepetitive touching \tDigging into skin \tSqueezing skin repetitively Skin picking is often accompanied by intense emotions and can be done with the fingers or by use of other tools, like tweezers. Most sufferers of SPD focus on a primary area of their body, with the face being the most common. Effects of Skin Picking Disorder The skin can become discolored and scarred, with occasional severe episodes of major tissue damage. In rare cases, skin grafting can be required. Infection can also become a problem. Individuals who suffer from this behavioral issue can experience feelings of guilt and helplessness, along with shame and embarrassment. These feelings come as a result of the physical effects of the disorder and can be cyclical, driving the individual to pick more. Diagnosis Although some believe that dermatillomania is the result of another disorder, recent studies and changes in the field of psychology suggest otherwise. A separate category for this area of disorders has been added to the DSM-5. In order to receive a diagnosis in this category, the person must: \tExperience some of the symptoms listed above \tBe under clinical distress or impairment \tHave symptoms that are not caused by a medical, substance or dermatological condition \tHave symptoms that cannot be explained by another psychiatric disorder In order for an accurate diagnosis to be made, help from a medical professional should be sought. Treatment Options Evidence shows that treatment is most effective when both pharmacological therapy and behavioral therapy are used in conjunction with one another. Medications that inhibit specific serotonin neurotransmitters are found to help reduce compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is administered to help the individual understand their behavior patterns and thoughts so they can begin a healthy, guided direction down the path of healing. At Promises Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of treatment options. These may include: \tDialectical behavioral therapy \tArt therapy \tInpatient Anxiety Treatment Centers \tEquine therapy \tMood Disorder Treatment Centers \tMental Health Treatment Programs \tIndividual Therapy programs Learn more about compulsive skin picking and treatment options by calling today.