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Skin Picking Disorder


What is Skin Picking Disorder?

Skin Picking Disorder also known as Excoriation Disorder refers to recurrent picking or squeezing of the skin that can cause damage skin tissue. Recurrent picking can also cause significant distress and interfere with daily activities. Any area of skin on the body may be targeted usually with fingernails but sometimes with implements such as tweezers or other sharp objects. When picking episodes give you immediate desirable relief from unwanted sensations, these can be followed by longer term issues including pain, bleeding, scarring and wound infections. The problem can grow stronger and more challenging to overcome.

The Comprehensive Behavioral Model (ComB) is the treatment method that I use to help my clients with skin picking. Numerous research studies demonstrate its effectiveness. It can give you, as it has for others, the tools to change your behaviour patterns and to modify your thoughts and feelings that have fueled your skin picking. Your unique sensory sensations, ideas, thoughts and beliefs, emotions, motor and environmental needs will be met in other healthier ways. Treatment is a healing process that may seem challenging but by taking it slowly with patience and perseverance healing is possible for the majority of individuals.

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