Some symptoms are hidden inside the body. And some symptoms are very visible.
There are different reasons why people pick at their skin and not everyone that does. This has an anxiety condition. There are some skin conditions like acne that causes folks to pick at it. They shouldn't, but their skin condition is caused by an organic physical problem with.
And then there are those symptoms that cannot be ignored. It is a self-inflicted visualization of a problem.
This is a quick pebble in the road, just the facts and where you can find help and assistance.
The International OCD Foundation page on Skin-Picking aka Excoriation. This website has a lot of information about the various forms of OCD and OCD Spectrum disorders.
Pick Me Foundation has a skill management page to help folks learn skills and techniques on handing their symptoms.
Merck Manual has a patient accessible guide to the disorder that will give you a basic understanding of the disorder and how it can relate to anxiety and depression.
The TLC Foundation for Body Focus Repetitive Behaviors has a directory of therapists that have been trained on treating the disorder. They also have a resource page with help and support. You can download their booklet on BFRB on treatment guidelines.
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
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