How is excoriation (skin-picking) disorder diagnosed?

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Roxanne Graham, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Specific DSM-5 criteria for excoriation disorder are as follows:

  • Recurrent skin-picking, resulting in lesions

  • Repeated attempts to decrease or stop skin picking

  • The skin picking causes clinically significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning

  • The skin picking cannot be attributed to the physiologic effects of a substance or another medical condition

  • The skin picking cannot be better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder


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