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How to Get Treatment for Dermatillomania

If excessive skin picking is a problem and you find you cannot stop, get help before it gets worse.


  • Step 1: Realize you have a problem Realize you have a problem. If you cannot control your skin picking habit and you have developed open sores that bleed or have resulted in scarring, you need help.
  • Step 2: Talk to your doctor Talk to your family doctor about your problem. They may prescribe an antidepressant to curb your obsessive picking or refer you to a specialist.
  • Step 3: Identify key triggers Identify the triggers that provoke picking. Your levels of stress and anxiety are usually contributors.
  • TIP: Take notes and document your thoughts and feelings just before and during the behavior.
  • Step 4: Talk to a psychologist Talk to a psychologist who specializes in skin disorders. They will help you identify the psychological root of your problem and help you learn how to deal with the stress and anxiety in a healthier way.
  • TIP: Your psychologist may use hypnosis to help you deal with your issues.
  • Step 5: Continue therapy Continue with therapy and keep taking your medications as long as they are prescribed by your doctor. With the proper help, you can learn to live without picking.
  • FACT: Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 2.2 million American adults each year.

You Will Need

  • Doctor
  • Triggers
  • Psychologist
  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Notes (optional)
  • Hypnosis (optional)

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