Psychogenic excoriation. Clinical features, proposed diagnostic criteria, epidemiology and approaches to treatment.

@article{Arnold2001PsychogenicEC,
  title={Psychogenic excoriation. Clinical features, proposed diagnostic criteria, epidemiology and approaches to treatment.},
  author={Lesley M. Arnold and Megan B Auchenbach and Susan L McElroy},
  journal={CNS drugs},
  year={2001},
  volume={15 5},
  pages={351-9}
}
Psychogenic excoriation (also called neurotic excoriation, acne excoriée, pathological or compulsive skin picking, and dermatotillomania) is characterised by excessive scratching or picking of normal skin or skin with minor surface irregularities. It is estimated to occur in 2% of dermatology clinic patients and is associated with functional impairment, medical complications (e.g. infection) or substantial distress. Psychogenic excoriation is not yet recognised in the DSM. We propose… CONTINUE READING
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