[Self-Test] Skin-Picking Disorder (Dermatillomania) Symptoms
“Do I have dermatillomania?” Take this self-test to see if you may be showing signs of skin-picking disorder.
Skin-picking disorder, also known as excoriation disorder or dermatillomania, is one of the most common body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Individuals with this condition recurrently pick at their skin, often from multiple sites of the body, including the face, arms, and/or fingers/hands. Skin picking results in lesions, which many individuals attempt to conceal with clothing and/or makeup. Skin-picking disorder affects about 5% of people, and often occurs with conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD.1 2 Trichotillomania (i.e., hair-pulling disorder) is also commonly found with skin-picking disorder.1
Skin-picking disorder, if untreated, can cause significant distress and impact an individual’s functioning in multiple areas of life, from work and social activities. The condition can also lead to complications like scarring, infection, and tissue damage.
Take this self-test to see if you may be showing signs of excoriation disorder. Share the results with a licensed clinician and/or mental health professional. Regardless of your score, tell your doctor if you are engaging in BFRBs, no matter the severity of the behaviors.
This self-test, drafted by ADDitude editors, is based on criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This self-test is designed to screen for the possibility of excoriation disorder (skin-picking disorder), and it is intended for personal use only. This self-test is not intended as a diagnostic tool.
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Skin Picking Disorder: Next Steps
- Take This Self-Test: Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder) Symptoms
- Read: Overview of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
- Watch: Nail Biting! Skin Picking! Hair Pulling! Understanding Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors with ADHD
View Article Sources
1 Grant, J. E., & Chamberlain, S. R. (2022). Characteristics of 262 adults with skin picking disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 117, 152338. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2022.152338
2 Golomb RG, Franklin ME, Grant JE, et al. (2016) Expert consensus treatment guidelines: body-focused repetitive behaviors. Hair pulling, skin picking, and related disorders. The TLC Foundation for BFRBs. https://global-uploads.webflow.com/626958af73c43200cd878b35/62f551b797e279202e49d315_Expert_Consensus_Treatment_Guidelines_2016w.pdf