Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) is really the most aptly named disorder that finger pickers suffer from. Though it is mostly synonymous with Dermatillomania, Neurotic Excoriation, etc. – it is more descriptive of what the compulsive finger picker actually does — pick his/her cuticles and nails to the point of sores and bleeding — and resulting in shame, guilt and remorse.
Areas of the skin that Compulsive Skin Picking pickers target include:
- Bunions and other rough patches on the skin
- And of course — cuticles, fingernails and nail folds
Compulsive Skin Pickers often have a pre-existing psychiatric disorder, such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder or Impulse Control Disorder (a subset of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) — or even full-blown depression. In fact, some studies show that more than 50% of people suffering from Compulsive Skin Picking are actually Obsessive-Compulsive.
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