Peeling scab. Wound crust removal. ¿Compulsive skin picking?
Since always, when he had a crusted wound, he felt the satisfaction of having done it when the wound was almost healed. I do not know why, but for me it is my satisfaction to do this.
Why does it feel so satisfying to pick at scabs?
Actually it comes under one of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD).
Habitual picking of scabs is classified in the group of psychological disorders associated with self-harm, such as deliberate skin cutting, head banging, and burning oneself. These actions are more often associated with girls than with boys and scab picking often starts when the subject is age 13 or 14.
Psychological symptoms that are often associated with picking scabs are depression, low self-esteem, addiction, eating disorders, and anxiety. A history of trauma or some sort of abuse is almost always involved.
Quite often the habit gets started as a way to relieve the pent-up frustrations or fears when other ways of dealing with conflict are not effective. Feeling that verbal communications are ineffective leave the scab picker feeling there is no other way to express the emotional turmoil going on inside.
Most people will pick a scab from time to time with no significant harm done. It’s when the act of picking the scab brings on emotional relief, desired pain, or pleasure that medical intervention is advised.
Do all people who pick their skin have skin picking disorder?
No. Research has shown that many people pick at their skin from time to time. It is not uncommon for a healthy person to occasionally pick at pimples, scabs, or even healthy skin. Skin picking is not considered a disorder unless it is often and/or bad enough to cause significant distress or problems in other areas of life. Also, other types of health problems like skin conditions, mental retardation, and even drug use/withdrawal may cause people to pick at their skin at times. However, people with primary skin picking disorder do not pick at their skin only because they have these other problems
What is a typical skin picking disorder episode like?
Where, when, and how people pick at skin varies. People can pick skin from one or more parts of the body. Common areas include: face, head, cuticles, back, arms and legs, and hands and feet. People most often pick skin with fingers and fingernails, but people also remove skin in other ways, e.g., by biting, or picking with tools like tweezers or scissors.
People pick for different reasons. People may pick out of habit or boredom, and, at times, may not even be aware that they are picking. People may also pick in an attempt to cope with negative emotions (e.g., anxiety, sadness, anger) and/or in response to feelings of mounting stress and tension. While picking, people may feel relief. However, feelings of relief are often followed by feelings of shame or guilt. After picking, people discard their skin in different ways. Some people discard the removed skin in the trash or on the floor. Some people eat skin after they have picked it.
Who suffers with skin picking disorder?
Skin picking disorder may affect as many as 1 in 20 people. Although it occurs in both men and women, research suggests that skin picking disorder occurs much more often in women. Skin picking can begin in childhood or adulthood.
What causes skin picking disorder?
The exact causes of skin picking disorder are unknown. It may be that both biological and environmental factors play a role in skin picking disorder.
Desde siempre, cuando tuvo una herida con costra, sintió la satisfacción de haberlo hecho cuando ya estaba la herida casi curada. No se porque pero para mi es mi satisfactorio hacer esto.
¿Por qué se siente tan satisfactorio para elegir las costras?
En realidad, se trata de uno de los trastornos obsesivos compulsivos (TOC).
La recolección habitual de costras se clasifica en el grupo de trastornos psicológicos asociados con la autolesión, como cortar la piel deliberadamente, golpear la cabeza y quemarse. Estas acciones se asocian más a menudo con las niñas que con los niños y la recolección de costras a menudo comienza cuando el sujeto tiene 13 o 14 años.
Los síntomas psicológicos que a menudo se asocian con la picadura de costras son depresión, baja autoestima, adicción, trastornos alimenticios y ansiedad. Una historia de trauma o algún tipo de abuso casi siempre está involucrada.
Muy a menudo el hábito se inicia como una forma de aliviar las frustraciones o temores reprimidos cuando otras formas de lidiar con el conflicto no son efectivas. Sintiendo que las comunicaciones verbales son ineficaces, el recogedor de costras siente que no hay otra manera de expresar la confusión emocional que está ocurriendo dentro.
La mayoría de las personas escogerá una costra de vez en cuando sin daños significativos. Es cuando el acto de elegir la costra provoca alivio emocional, dolor deseado o placer que se aconseja la intervención médica.