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Knowing About Compulsive Skin Picking
Compulsive skin picking is a repetitive behavior habit that can result in skin destruction. The main target is usually the face. People suffering from this disease can experience bleeding, bruises, scars and even infections. Sometimes, there might be permanent damage to the skin.
Most of the time this behavior is unconscious. This means the person doing it is not even aware of it. That is the reason why it can become quite difficult to stop the habit. The person may be watching something on TV, may be chatting with someone etc, and at the same time be picking his own skin.
People with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) are often found to have compulsive skin picking habit too. Some people have the habit of hair pulling which can be equally bad and dangerous.
Often, you will observe that people indulge in this behavior when they are stressed out or anxious. Skin picking provides them a soothing sensation or temporary relief from their anxiety and tension. At other times, people may indulge in this behavior out of boredom. However, most of the times it could be due to habit.
A lot of people are not aware of this problem. That is the reason why you may not find much help and information about treating this disease. It is difficult to find a qualified doctor or clinician who has experience in treating this disorder. However, with the advent of internet, information and awareness of this disorder is spreading faster than before.
One of the best ways to treat compulsive skin picking is through cognitive behavior therapy. This involves several different treatment techniques like habit reversal training, self-monitoring, stimulus control etc. In cognitive therapy, patients are taught to interrupt their behaviors midway and replace these damaging behaviors with better, more appropriate alternatives.
In most cases, patients might need a combination of cognitive behavior therapy along with medicines. The medicine would be a kind of anti-depressant. In addition to this, separate medicine might be needed to treat the wounds and skin damage resulting from compulsive skin picking.