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what causes dermatillomania?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Coping mechanism: Dermatillomania is compulsive / repetitive picking of the skin which causes tissue damage. It is considered to be an impulse control disorder. A possible cause is that it is used as a coping mechanism to deal with stress.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
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