Excoriation Disorder

Excoriation disorder (also referred to as chronic skin-picking or dermatillomania) is a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.


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Wiki Number: W077
Diagnosis: Excoriation Disorder (See Entry W060, “Dermotillomania.” No differences were identified.)
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  • When to Choose Paroxetine Treatment in Skin-Picking Disorder: A Case Report
    by Mehmet K Arıkan on January 7, 2022

    Skin picking disorder (SPD) characterized by repetitive compulsive scratching in the absence of a primary skin disease is strongly associated with psychiatric comorbidities, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression (MDD). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been used in the treatment of SPD with variable success. Nevertheless, the optimum treatment choice for SPD is an issue for clinicians. This case report presents a 32-year-old female SPD patient treated...

  • Pruritus Gravidarum
    by Biplov Adhikari on January 1, 2022

    Pregnancy, a state of profound physiological and hormonal changes, is associated with a spectrum of changes in the skin and appendages. More than 90% of pregnant women experience one or more forms of skin changes. Up to 20% of women experience pruritus during their pregnancy.

  • Epiphora
    by Jay Patel on January 1, 2022

    Patients will frequently present with "a watery eye" or "a tearing eye." Historically, this was called epiphora, but there have been recent variations in the use of different terms.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    by Hannah Brock on January 1, 2022

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often a disabling condition consisting of bothersome intrusive thoughts that elicit a feeling of discomfort. To reduce the anxiety and distress associated with these thoughts, the patient may employ compulsions or rituals. These rituals may be personal and private, or they may involve others to participate; the rituals are to compensate for the ego-dystonic feelings of the obsessional thoughts and can cause a significant decline in function.