You might not have heard about this condition if you don’t like the psychological roleplay plots. This is a type of obsessive behavior where a person will continue to scrape away skin layers on the hands feet, along the corners of the nose and mouth and majorly on the scalp. Skin picking as a habit can reach such limits that you fully realize that the skin is being bruised to the extent of remaining inflamed throughout the day or even bleeding and even then, you cannot stop yourself.
How common is this? A lot, beyond what you can imagine but most people don’t count it as a mental health condition.
Some healthcare agencies believe that skin picking is closely connected to obsessive behavior symptoms. Such folks might have a concurrent running or previously existing condition that makes them perform the same activity repeatedly. This can be some form of OCD too - if you have read my discussion about stress management and anxiety control measures, you will realize that when you are bogged down by thoughts that make you squeamish, there is a big chance that you will indulge in activities that you realize are counter-productive but still, stopping yourself seems impossible!
Scratching yourself seems so natural – where is the harm in this? However, when scratching reaches uncontrollable levels, when you are picking away at your own skin with the seriousness of a grave-digger, day and night, you have a problem. Do you need medicines for this? Not really! Yes, there is a proper term used to describe this condition - Excoriation Disorder - however, it becomes an actual problem only when you allow it to reach unmanageable proportions. For me, this problem comes and goes and often leads to facial rashes when I am stressed but I have been able to cut back and snip back the problem!
Though this was more about hallucinations and some serious mental health issues, the depravity of the symptoms can be found in obsessive skin picking too. If you are doing this out of being stressed, you need to get out and find a less health-denting way of keeping your hands busy. You want to defeat the habit, not allowing it to cause issues like hair fall or being an instigator of skin conditions like psoriasis – the latter being very relevant for me!
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