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)

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) anxious mood 5 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth aggressive behavior 10 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
agitation with irritability anxious mood 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
increased insomnia restlessness (akathisia)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
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 47
30s 51
40s 23
50s 13
60s 4
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 63
20-29 years 11
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 15
Female 127

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 47
Not Diagnosed 53

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