An intro to Dermatillomania for the uninitiated

This Common Nervous Tic Could Be a Serious Mental Illness
— Laura Donovan
August 11, 2016

I was actually surprised by the way this article is written.

It started out like any other article I’ve read full of misinformation, and that’s what I was expecting. Then it took a turn in the right direction and was very informative.

I, personally, didn’t take anything away from it. It certainly wasn’t the most informative piece I’ve ever read about dermatillomania.

Dermatillomania is so much more complex than they describe it here, if you’ve never heard of it before, this is a good place to start, but I recommend doing more research.

Dermatillomania is something I’ve struggled with for a very long time, undiagnosed. In fact, I’m still not officially diagnosed but I know I have it – I’m not self diagnosing, I promise.

I have mentioned it to my doctor, but I was sort of deflecting the conversation about self-harm, which he only brought up because the nurse who talked to me first saw some scars and put a note in my file. I was aware of dermatillomania and trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling) prior to the conversation. I mention the picking and that I had pulled out basically all my eyelashes (at that particular point everything was really bad). He mentioned trich, but not derma or excoriation. I’ve since told my counselor about it and he acknowledged the skin picking but not the trich, so I think it’s really just a lack of awareness on their part.

My dermatillomania is really bad right now. I’ve picked off 4 small moles and have about 30 spots in different areas of my body that are not healing because I keep picking. My eyelashes are a bit of a mess right now too.

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