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what are the signs of mild dermatillomania?

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Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Urge to pick skin: Dermatillomania is the medical diagnostic term used to describe skin picking disorders. Quite often the habitual picking begins with understandable circumstances. Perhaps a blemish of some sort – ingrown hair, insect bite, or some other minor and often temporary imperfection – is the target of the picking. For some reason, the subject develops an irresistible urge to pick this minor imperfection to the point of pain and destruction. The original picking creates a bigger target area on which to focus attention, thus picking, so the habit becomes self-perpetuating.

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