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How can itching be psychological?

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If your doctor can’t find a physical cause, it may be in your mind. Some mental conditions give people the urge to scratch or pick at themselves. They may feel like their skin is crawling with something. There is no rash, but there may be skin damage from scratching. Compulsive scratching can be a sign of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Trichotillomania

From: Why Do I Feel So Itchy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Skin Allergy.”

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. , October 2013. Current Psychiatry

Moses, S. , September 2003. American Family Physician

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

Oaklander, A. , March 2012. Acta Dermato-Venereologica

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

Yonova, D. April-June 2007. Hippokratia,

Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Skin Allergy.”

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. , October 2013. Current Psychiatry

Moses, S. , September 2003. American Family Physician

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

Oaklander, A. , March 2012. Acta Dermato-Venereologica

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

Yonova, D. April-June 2007. Hippokratia,

Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 6, 2017

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