What causes SISP?
- It is still unclear exactly what causes
people to pick their skin or bite their nails, lips or cheeks. There is
some evidence to support a genetic
or biological link to the behavior.
Skin picking or chewing is seen in
the animal kingdom (e.g. dogs) and
can cause significant tissue damage.
Further, some women report that their
picking increases or decreases with
their monthly cycle supporting the
notion that there may be some chemical
or hormonal basis to the behavior.
- Some people report picking/biting in an attempt
to regulate their activity levels
(e.g. when they are bored or overly
excited), while others describe picking/biting
as a way of making bad feelings such
as anxiety or sadness go away. Others
describe picking solely as the result
of itching. Further, many people with
SISP describe picking as a result
of a tactile trigger, feeling a bump
or irregularity in their skin or a dry piece of skin on the lip makes
them want to remove it and, thus,
make the area smooth again. Finally,
many with SISP report picking for
the sheer pleasure of unclogging a
pore or removing a substance from
their skin. For these folks it is
more the substance that is removed
from the skin that is the focus of
attention, rather than a sensation,
emotion or neurological state. In
any case, the result of picking seems
to be some level of gratification
or pleasure, albeit short lived, that
drives the behavior.
Severe skin picking appears to be a way for some people to increase their activity levels when they are bored, or to control their emotions when they are anxious, tense, or upset.
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