2. Other Effects

Because a person with excoriation is regularly picking at their skin, they can develop infections very easily. Beyond these physical complications, excoriation disorder causes many psychological issues. Many people have feelings of helplessness, as well as guilt, shame, and embarrassment. These can all lead to self-isolation and greatly increase the risk of self-harm. Around 12% of people with the condition have attempted suicide. Psychiatric hospitalization is also common.

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