Not sure whether you have Dermatillomania or not?
Ask the OCD center of Los Angeles. Their new free service promises to answer the sometimes subtle question of "do I have Dermatillomania?"
All you have to do is answer some simple questions online, and they promise to give you an answer by email. Of course this is not a substitute to thorough evaluation by a professional.
EDIT: you can also try SkinPick's dermatillomania test
The Behavior Therapy and Research Laboratory, under the direction of Douglas Woods, Ph.D., at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is conducting a survey regarding the social and economic impact of chronic skin picking (CSP).
This is by far the most comprehensive survey on subject of CSP I've ever encountered. It takes about an hour to complete.
If you're suffering from csp, you can help by participating in this survey. It's totally secure and anonymous.
Click here for the survey survey was taken down.
Our online therapy service is officially a success. More and more people are joining, and we often come to a situation were we cannot handle all the demand (as happened last July).
Dr. Rujuta Vinod (who's leading this service) gained much experience in treating this disorder. Throughout her work she heard many stories, and gained her own impressions. The following essay is the summary of what she's experienced so far. This is a good read for anyone interested in Dermatillomania, especially those who are considering therapy themselves.
Click Here to read the essay.
I've been contacted by a person who conducts research in self injury disorders, with relation to family relations and caffeine.
...now I know that family origins have big impact on development of skin picking. However never thought about its relation to caffeine (or any other substance for that matter...)
Since I'm always more than welcome to help researchers in this field, I decided to post this survey here.
If you've been reading a bit online about the skin picking disorder, you must have seen Dr. Grossbart mentioned in a few places. He's the Author of the book SkinDeep, and a known therapist to treat psychologically induced skin disorders.
I had the chance to interview him over the phone last week. You can read the interview HERE
We launched the online counseling service last August. It was (and is) a success! Many people find it very useful and life changing, and I'm very happy about it.
Some people however prefer to get help by a therapist in a traditional manner (face-to-face), even though its costly and less "private". So I took upon myself to help patients find therapist who know how to treat Dermatillomania. After long research, countless emails and some website development, I'm proud to host this list of therapists.
Hopefully more professionals will join this list with time, covering more states in the US and countries worldwide. Therapists can join for free here.
After the success of my book "Complete Guide to Skin Picking Disorders" and the positive feedback from readers, I've been thinking alot about how else I can contribute to the people visiting skinpick.com. On one hand, information out there about this disorder is scarce, and people learn a lot from this website and from the book, and this by itself has tremendous impact. However, this is often not enough, because even when the person understands what's wrong, he/she still needs to deal with it. And the most effective way of treating skin picking is getting help (I know this by experience).
So, after prolonged research (and some technical development of this website) I'm happy to let you know that we're offering online counseling service for people with the skin picking disorder.
Learn more here: online counseling program to stop skin picking
I feel confident that many people will benefit from this program.
I am not a big believer in meds when it comes to treating Dermatillomania. However, you cannot totally disregard the physiological aspect of this disorder.
Very little is done by the scientific community, so when someone induces efforts into it, I more than welcome it.
The following study is done by the University of Minnesota: a drug study for skin picking.