It wasn’t until the end of my first semester of my first year in university that I first heard the term Psychogenic Excoriation. In December of 2004, it was my Dermatologist who broke the news that the marks on my skin were the result of a psychological influence rather than a physical one. As someone… Read more »
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The following article was rejected by The Huffington Post due to its length and although it isn’t discussing Dermatillomania, I felt it was relevant to publish here as it concerns mental health in general and affects many of us with this condition due to the lack of awareness of it, stigma surrounding it, and the… Read more »
In an honest effort to connect and relate to someone in a situation you have never been in before, would you ever tell:
While many skin pickers know of the main vicious cycle in our daily lives, there is an underlying cycle that keeps many of us repressed and discouraged. The one we know about is the internal cycle that keeps our disorder alive and thriving while the other one is external and holds us back from sharing… Read more »
With the DSM 5 now officially released, it is imperative that we eliminate all misconceptions about Dermatillomania (aka, “Excoriation Disorder”) and spread the word before these ideas become the majority thought. Many of us have already heard many of the myths listed below, so we need to make sure that these reflections don’t become accepted… Read more »
A few days ago, I sat down to watch a portion of Dr. Phil from the episode with Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand, “Mama’s Boys”, to promote their new movie “Guilt Trip”. While this episode didn’t particularly interest me, I wanted to watch something for half an hour before heading to my chiropractic appointment. When… Read more »
Finally! WE ARE IN THE DSM 5! Skin picking has been accepted in the Diagnostic Manual for mental disorders. This has been approved as of Dec. 1st, 2012.