How is excoriation (skin-picking) disorder classified in DSM-5?

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Roxanne Graham, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), places excoriation (skin-picking) disorder in the category of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and notes that it is characterized by recurrent body-focused repetitive behavior (skin picking) and repeated attempts to decrease or stop the behavior.


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