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How is skin picking disorder classified?

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Skin picking disorder is considered a type of repetitive self-grooming behavior called Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB). Other types of BFRBs include pulling or picking of the hair or nails that damages the body.

It's classified in the DSM-V (which lists psychiatric diagnoses) as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder.

From: Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Trichotillomania Learning Center: "Skin Picking Disorder: Frequently Asked Questions" and "Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines."

International OCD Foundation: "Skin Picking Disorder Fact Sheet."

WebMD: "N - ACETYL CYSTEINE."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Trichotillomania Learning Center: "Skin Picking Disorder: Frequently Asked Questions" and "Expert Consensus Treatment Guidelines."

International OCD Foundation: "Skin Picking Disorder Fact Sheet."

WebMD: "N - ACETYL CYSTEINE."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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