Dermatillomania

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What is dermatillomania?

Dermatillomania, also called compulsive skin picking, is a body-focused repetitive behavior that results in the destruction of one's own skin.

Common symptoms reported by people with dermatillomania

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with dermatillomania

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with dermatillomania, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with dermatillomania

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite shakiness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive thirst (polydipsia) 8 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood insomnia 4 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
short term memory problems brain fog 12 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 5 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lithium Carbonate ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
acne breakout brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in gums
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with dermatillomania, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has dermatillomania on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 39
30s 42
40s 20
50s 12
60s 1
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 60
20-29 years 8
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9
Female 110

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 41
Not Diagnosed 50

These charts show data from dermatillomania patients who have completed their condition history
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