A scab picking disorder is a form of excoriation (an erosion or destruction of the skin by mechanical means). When a person has a scab picking problem he or she will pick at a scab that was formed by accident or from a previous picking episode.

Picking scabs is a self-perpetuating way to act out obsessive compulsive tendencies that often signal some sort of underlying, often as-yet-undiagnosed mood or anxiety disorder. People who tend to be scab pickers  describe the experience of scab picking as comforting even though it is painful and very unsightly.

One of the common symptoms of a scab picking disorder is the eating of the scab after a person picks it off of his or her body. This can lead to many problems, but the main one being bowel infections.

This form of a skin picking disorder can be hard to spot since the person that suffers form this sort of condition will pick in area that is covered by cloths. This is due to the fact that the picker knows its very unsightly to others and they will try to hide it from the outside world. A picker is usually ashamed of their behavior, they just cant seem to control their picking compulsion.

Repeated infections can result because of picking at the same scab location. This can lead to many long term problems.  Permanent scarring is a major problem associated with a scab picking disorder. The end result can be long term and disfiguring.

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.

There are many psychological symptoms that are often associated with the picking of scabs. Addiction, depression, eating disorders, low self esteem and anxiety are some to name a few. A history of trauma or some sort of abuse is almost always involved in a persons past.

Quite often the skin picking disorder habit gets started as a way to relieve the pent-up frustrations or fears when other ways of dealing with conflict do not work. Feeling that verbal communications are ineffective leave the scab picker feeling there is no other way to express the emotional turmoil going on deep inside.

Most people will pick a scab or an area of their skin  from time to time with no significant problems. It’s when the act of picking the scab brings on emotional relief, desired pain or pleasure that the need for help is advised.

For more information on how to treat this disorder go to CureSkinpicking.info