The Nosology of Compulsive Skin Picking
J Clin Psychiatry 1999;60(9):618 [letter]
© Copyright 2014 Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.
Purchase This PDF for $40.00
If you are not a paid subscriber, you may purchase the PDF.
(You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Receive immediate full-text access to JCP. You can subscribe to JCP online-only ($86) or print + online ($156 individual).
With your subscription, receive a free PDF collection of the NCDEU Festschrift articles. Hurry! This offer ends December 31, 2011.
If you are a paid subscriber to JCP and do not yet have a username and password, activate your subscription now.
As a paid subscriber who has activated your subscription, you have access to the HTML and PDF versions of this item.
Click here to login.
Did you forget your password?
Still can't log in? Contact the Circulation Department at 1-800-489-1001 x4 or send email
Letter to the Editor
Sir: Arnold and colleagues have made an important contribution by providing detailed information about the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with compulsive skin picking. Despite the apparently high prevalence and associated morbidity of compulsive skin picking, there has to date been relatively little empirical research on its phenomenology or treatment. Interest in this disorder might be further encouraged if the field were to agree on an appropriate diagnostic category and name for a behavior that has previously been characterized in many different ways (psychogenic excoriation, neurotic excoriation, dermatotillomania, pathological skin picking).