Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 35, Issue 12, pp 607–611 | Cite as

Patchy evidence in skin-picking disorder supports management with combined behavioural and drug treatments

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Disease Management


Skin-picking disorder (SPD) is a common, repetitive, compulsive and distressing disorder with significant psychosocial effects. Data from relatively few clinical trials support behavioural therapies, especially habit-reversal therapy, as the first-line treatment. Depending on the individual’s SPD style and comorbidities, augmenting habit-reversal therapy with other behavioural therapies or pharmacological options, particularly glutamatergic modulators or specific serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, may enhance treatment outcomes.


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The article was adapted from CNS Drugs; 2019:33(4):337–46 [1] by employees of Adis International Ltd./Springer Nature, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.


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