PTCNY member Mary Anne Cohen recommends the this New York Times article: "Fighting the Shame of Skin Picking." The article can be found HERE.
Ms. Cohen writes; "Many patients - especially those with eating disorders - engage in a continuum of self-harm behaviors or repetitive body-focused behaviors."
In addition, her published comment on the article read: "As Director of The New York Center for Eating Disorders, I have worked with many people who pick their skin and pull their hair, and it is often part of an eating disorder syndrome. Compulsively trying to manipulate your body is akin to compulsively trying to diet, use laxatives, vomit, or excess exercise. The distress with one's body may be a result of trauma, sexual abuse, or OCD. Medication and psychotherapy can help alleviate these self-harming behaviors."
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