Pathologic Skin Picking

  title={Pathologic Skin Picking},
  author={Brian L Odlaug and Jon Edgar Grant},
  journal={The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse},
  pages={296 - 303}
  • B. OdlaugJ. Grant
  • Published 1 August 2010
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Background: Pathologic skin picking (PSP) is characterized by the repetitive and compulsive picking of skin which results in tissue damage. Objectives: This article sought to examine the evidence supporting the phenomenological, and biological links between PSP and substance use disorders. Methods: A review of the literature examining clinical presentation, comorbid psychiatric conditions, and treatment studies was used to examine the relationship of PSP and substance use disorders. Results… 

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Skin picking disorder.

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Effectiveness of naltrexone for treating pathologic skin picking behavior in an adolescent with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Atomoxetine Induced Skin Picking: A Case Report.

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Skin picking disorder with co-occurring body dysmorphic disorder.

Compulsive skin manipulation treated by topiramate.

Topiramate is utilized to treat a wide variety of psychiatric and neurologic conditions and is reported here to have been effective in an adolescent with compulsive skin excoriations.

Antioxidant Therapies for Ulcerative Dermatitis: A Potential Model for Skin Picking Disorder

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Treatment of an Adult with Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder

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Transtorno de Escoriação (Skin Picking): Revisão de Literatura

A survey of prevalence, incidence, factors related to the disorder, scales used for evaluation and empirically validated interventions for the excoriation disorder (skin picking), considering the emphasis received from the incorporation of the diagnosis to DSM-5 and the lack of national literature in the area is performed.



Self-injurious skin picking: clinical characteristics and comorbidity.

Self-injurious skin picking is a severe and chronic psychiatric and dermatologic problem associated with high rates of psychiatric comorbidity and may, in some cases, represent an attempt to regulate intense emotions.

Trichotillomania and Pathologic Skin Picking: clinical comparison with an examination of comorbidity.

  • B. OdlaugJ. Grant
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Annals of clinical psychiatry : official journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
  • 2008
It appears that the three groups are quite similar in their overall clinical presentation and severity, however, further research is needed to validate the findings and should focus on ways in which effective treatment may be achieved.

Pathological skin picking in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder.

Lamotrigine treatment of pathologic skin picking: an open-label study.

Lamotrigine was associated with improvements in two thirds of subjects with pathologic skin picking, and placebo-controlled, double-blind studies are needed to evaluate further the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of lamotrigines in the treatment of this problematic behavior.

Self-destructive dermatoses.

Skin picking phenomenology and severity comparison.

Investigating phenomenological variables related to skin picking, such as family involvement, anxiety, depression, and the emotional consequences of skin picking contributes to the existing literature by investigating phenomenological variable related toSkin picking.

The prevalence of pathologic skin picking in US adults.

Skin picking behaviors: An examination of the prevalence and severity in a community sample.

Open-label escitalopram treatment for pathological skin picking

It is suggested that escitalopram can be an effective agent in reducing pathological skin picking and the lack of medication response in a subset of the sample suggests the possibility of pathological skinpicking subtypes.

Characteristics of 34 adults with psychogenic excoriation.

Psychogenic excoriation is chronic, involves multiple sites, and is associated with a high rate of psychiatric comorbidity, and spans a compulsive-impulsive spectrum.