Dermatillomania - Statistics
Much can be learned about Dermatillomania from people who suffer from it. During the existence of this website many visitors contributes their answers to polls and surveys. This resulted in a further insight into the specifics of this disorder, based on actual facts.
The following chart describes the relation between the visitors to this website and the picking disorder. As you can see, most visitors are affected directly, and some are looking for information because someone they know has this disorder. Only 3% are ex-sufferers.
Areas of body affected by picking
The following chart shows that the most affected body parts are face, scalp, arms and legs.
How long have you been picking for?
The following data clearly shows that most visitors have Dermatillomania for years. It also implies low success rate of treating this disorder.
Age distribution of Dermatillomania sufferers
The following chart shows the age distribution of Dermatillomania sufferers. The majority are between age 15 and 50. However, the fact that only a small percentage are above 50 might indicate that less senior people are using online resources (as SkinPick.com) compared to younger generation.
Gender distribution of people with Dermatillomania
It is a widely known and accepted fact that the majority of people affected by Dermatillomania are women. The following data clearly supports this fact.
Previous attempts to stop picking
Ending the compulsion to pick for good is not an easy task. The main reason being that effective methods of treating Dermatillomania are not widely known and practiced by therapists. As an effect, most attempts to stop picking fail. However, the majority of people don't even try to stop, possibly due to lack of information and guidance.
Which treatment methods have you tried?
For those who do try to stop picking at some point of their lives, the choice of methods vary:
There's no one definite answer to the common question "what causes this disorder?". SkinPick.com visitors were asked this question. Here are the results:
Dermatillomania sufferers are very private about their condition and rarely talk about it with others, due to embarrassment and the inner fear to be rejected.
For information on the skin picking disorder (Dermatillomania), symptoms, causes and treatment methods, get the Complete Guide to Skin Picking Disorders.