Although I am still relatively new to the diagnosis of dermatillomania—also known as excoriation or skin-picking disorder—I am intently investigating resources that may be helpful for both me and all who happen upon this list. Since dermatillomania is similar to and usually lumped together with both trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), many resources listed below will include information about those. Please feel free to suggest additions and/or revisions through my contact page! Also, check out other relevant resources at my General Mental Health resources page.
International OCD Foundation
Peace of Mind Foundation
SkinPick is an online resource and community for those who deal with dermatillomania. According to the website, their aim is “to make excoriation disorder treatment, information, and support available for people worldwide via the Internet. In addition [they] strive to increase awareness about this disorder.” Aside from their online treatment program, you may take an online test to determine if you exhibit symptoms of dermatillomania, search for treatment providers that specialize in the disorder, browse their blog, or communicate with other sufferers through their forum. Take a look at an article from this website below.
Skin Picking Support
“This is a website by Angela Hartlin … to provide support, information, and to bring awareness to [dermatillomania] worldwide. It offers resources to learn about the disorder and strategies to living a healthy life while facing the struggles and stigma surrounding dermatillomania. It is also a guide to Angela’s journey in her advocacy and personal experiences with [the disorder].” Here you may follow her blog and various social media websites as well. Check out her book below!
Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC)
TLC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “transform the lives of those suffering from trichotillomania, skin picking, and related body-focused disorders,” and it offers “a wide range of services to meet [their] community’s immediate need for information, support, and treatment, while building a future with better answers and an easier path to recovery.” The website contains a plethora of free resources, help for finding treatment, and a listing of support groups. Members also receive “free access to expert-led webinars and the archive of past recordings, TLC’s Comprehensive Information Guide (200+ page PDF download of articles and resources), and the INTOUCH newsletter – quarterly updates on research and treatment, inspirational stories, and more.” See some articles from TLC in the section below.
Yale OCD Research Clinic
You’re Not Alone
This is a Tumblr blog “dedicated to those suffering from dermatillomania.” Browse the tagged posts for dermatillomania artwork, problems, coping techniques, and stories/poetry.
12 Dermatillomania Myths Dispelled
by Angela Hartlin from Skin Picking Support
Chronic Skin Picking: An Informational Guide
by TLC Scientific Advisory Board from TLC
Everything You Need to Know About Dermatillomania
Skin Picking Strategies
by R.S. from TLC
Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
by Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., and Beverly Beyette
Forever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary
by Angela Hartlin
Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions
by Lee Baer, Ph.D.
Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling & Skin Picking
by Christina Sophia Pearson
Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop
by Annette Pasternak, Ph.D., and Tammy Fletcher, M.A.
Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
by John E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., Dan J. Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D., and Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D.
See the resources page for General Mental Health.
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