Recommended Reading on dermatillomania

Tasneem Abrahams
Sep 23rd, 2015

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The Complete Guide to Compulsive Skin Picking Disorder

Author: David Florendale

Pages: 70

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March, 2014)

Where to buy? Here

You may already be familiar with this book from as one authored by's very own David Florendale. This insightful book provides indepth information about compulsive skin picking disorder. It takes you through identification of symptoms and variations of the disorder, possible causes and triggers, and highlights some of the effective treatment methods available. This is an important read for anyone wanting to learn more about skin picking as a clinical disorder.

Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars

Author: Laura Barton

Publication: October 2014, digital print

Where to buy? Here

A beautiful, yet haunting compilation of true life stories of individuals living with dermatillomania. Cleverly presented in a collection of autobiographical and creative prose and poetry, and full color images, this book will capture the hearts and minds of anyone with personal experience with this disorder. The aim of this book is to spread awareness and help others suffering in silence know that they are not alone. All proceeds to be donated to the Canadian BFRB Support Network and the Trichotillomania Learning Center.

Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop

Author: Annette Pasternak, Phd.D.

Pages: 288

Publication: April 2014

Where to buy? Here

Annette Pasternak, Ph.D. is a certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga teacher and Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant in Los Angeles. Formerly a research scientist, college professor and high school chemistry teacher who struggled for more than two decades with chronic skin picking, Annette is now dedicated to helping others, worldwide, break free from its tenacious grip. In this book, Annette takes you through understanding why you pick your skin and how to break free of this frequently devastating behavior. Step-by-step she leads you through:
  • Exercises to help you to break the habit of the behavior
  • Techniques to reduce stress and anxiety naturally, thus reducing the body’s need to pick
  • How to release negative thoughts and emotions holding you back
  • Lifestyle and diet changes to restore physiological balance, including which foods to avoid, which to eat more of, and natural supplements to help you stop
  • How to stay motivated, inspired and positive.


Forever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary

Author: Angela Hartlin

Pages: 216

Publication: August 2010

Where to buy? Here

As a young woman whose skin picking started as a child and became severe by the age of 13/ 14, Angela has since become a leading mental health advocate in educating the public about Dermatillomania awareness. This book provides a first hand account of  Angela's silent suffering. This is a ground- breaking true story that describes her struggles, which include depression, anxiety, suicide, self- hate, isolation, but mainly Dermatillomania. . . the skin picking disorder.


Author: Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Pages: 352

Publication: Margaret K. McElderry Books, April, 2015

Where to buy? Here

Earlier this year we had the priviledge of interviewing the author of this magnificent book aimed younger readers ages 6-19. It is a novel about a young girl  dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness, one of which happens to be skin picking disorder. Although skin picking is not the only disorder featured in this novel, it is a beautifully written story that captures the pain, but also the power of love and sacrifice.

Tasneem Abrahams

Tasneem is an Occupational Therapist, and a graduate of the TLC foundation for BFRBs professional training institute. Her experience in mental health includes working at Lentegeur Psychiatric hospital forensic unit (South Africa), Kingston Community Adult Learning Disability team (UK), Clinical Specialist for the Oasis Project Spelthorne Community Mental Health team (UK). Tasneem is a member of both the editorial team and the clinical staff on Skinpick, providing online therapy for people who suffer from excoriation (skin picking) disorder.

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