Skin picking: psychology and skin
Date: Mar 2017
Mental health, despite its commonality, is still a topic many find difficult to talk about. Manifesting in various forms, mental health issues can often be isolating and misunderstood. Compulsive skin picking, otherwise known as dermatillomania, is characterised by the repetitive picking of the skin to an extent where damage is caused. It is a condition which affects as many as one in 20 people, however it remains relatively unknown in relation to other skin conditions. The physical and mental impact of compulsive skin picking can truly affect a person’s quality of life.
Liz Atkin, 40, a visual artist living in south London has been living with compulsive skin picking (CSP) since the age of 4. talkhealth interviewed Liz a few weeks ago to find out more about her journey with skin picking. As a way of coping with the urge of skin picking, she has taken to sketching while travelling on trains. talkhealth recently spoke with Liz to find out a bit more about her and her artistic way of coping with CSP.
Speaking openly and honestly about the condition which has dominated so much of her life, Liz gave us an insight into the perceptions of compulsive skin picking.
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