Hair-Pulling and Skin-Picking Disorders are classified under the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. They are sometimes referred to as the Body Focused Repetitive Behavior disorders. Both conditions are behavioral habits that have developed in response to a strong internal urge. Although many people exhibit mild versions of hair pulling or skin picking, a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior causes significant distress and impairment. Sufferers may go to great lengths to hide the effects of chronic skin picking or hair pulling by using special make-up or garments (hats, scarves, wigs). Complications can include infection and permanent scarring or hair loss.
1) Hair-Pulling Disorder, traditionally known as Trichotillomania, is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or other areas of the body, often resulting in noticeable bald patches.
2) Skin-Picking Disorder, also known as Excoriation or Dermatillomania, is an irresistible urge to pick at the skin. The picking is often directed at moles, freckles, blemishes, or other perceived imperfections.
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