Do I have Skin picking disorder?
This screening tool is designed as a guide to determine if you might have a problem with skin picking.
|Yes No||Do you pick on your face, arms, legs, or from other part of your body?|
|Yes No||Do you sometimes use specific implements (tweezers, pins, needles, etc.) to pick your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you sometimes eat the skin that you pick?|
|Yes No||Do you often pick your skin when you are anxious and/or depressed?|
|Yes No||Do you often pick your skin when you are bored?|
|Yes No||Do you often pick you skin when you are engaged in other activities (i.e., watching TV, talking on the phone, using the computer, at a movie theater, during class, while driving)?|
|Yes No||Are you often not aware that you are picking your skin, and only realize it after some time has passed?|
|Yes No||Do you have noticeable scabs, sores, or scarring where I pick your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you use hats, make-up, and/or clothing to camouflage your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you sometimes avoid going out because you are embarrassed or ashamed about your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you often often pick in the morning before work/school?|
|Yes No||Do you often pick at night before bed?|
|Yes No||Prior to, or during a skin picking episode, do you often feel a sense of tension, itching, tingling, or pressure?|
|Yes No||Do you often feel powerless to resist the urge to pick your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you get a sense of relief, gratification, and/or pleasure when you pick your skin?|
|Yes No||Do you also pull your hair to the point of having noticeable bald spots?|
|Yes No||Do you also do other self-damaging behaviors (i.e., cutting, burning, head banging)?|
|Yes No||Are you significantly distressed, anxious, and/or depressed about your skin picking?|
|Yes No||Is your skin picking interfering with your relationships and/or with your academic or professional functioning?|
If your answered Yes to any of the questions above AND it is causing distress or interference in your life, you may have Skin picking disorder. However, a licensed psychologist can make a more accurate diagnosis. Consider getting in touch with us for a complete and thorough evaluation.