Psychosocial dysfunction associated with skin picking disorder and trichotillomania

Jon E. Grant, Sarah A. Redden, Eric W. Leppink, Brian L. Odlaug, Samuel R. Chamberlain

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Skin picking disorder (SPD) and trichotillomania (TTM) are common and oftentimes disabling disorders. 125 Participants with SPD and 152 with TTM undertook clinical and neurocognitive evaluation, and were grouped according to mild, moderate, or severe levels of psychosocial dysfunction. Relationships between functional impairment and other variables were explored using linear regression and categorical analyses. Greater functional impairment was associated with worse disease severity in both groups, and by later symptom onset and lower quality of life in TTM subjects. These results indicate that levels of self-reported psychosocial dysfunction have a strong association with specific clinical aspects of SPD and TTM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-71
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
StatePublished - May 30 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Grant has received Research grants from NIMH (grant number U01MH076179), National Center for Responsible Gaming and Forest and Roche Pharmaceuticals . Dr. Grant receives yearly compensation from Springer Publishing for acting as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies and has received royalties from Oxford University Press, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Norton Press, and McGraw Hill. Dr. Chamberlain consults for Cambridge Cognition. Dr. Odlaug has received a Research grant from the Trichotillomania Learning Center , has consulted for and is currently employed by H. Lundbeck A/S, and has received royalties from Oxford University Press. Dr. Odlaug’s involvement in this paper occurred prior to his employ by H. Lundbeck A/S. Ms. Redden and Mr. Leppink have no conflicts to report.

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© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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  • Cognition
  • Disability
  • Impairment
  • Skin picking
  • Trichotillomania


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