Skin picking disorder with co-occurring body dysmorphic disorder

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

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There is clinical overlap between skin picking disorder (SPD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), but little research has examined clinical and cognitive correlates of the two disorders when they co-occur. Of 55 participants with SPD recruited for a neurocognitive study and two pharmacological studies, 16 (29.1%) had co-occurring BDD. SPD participants with and without BDD were compared to each other and to 40 healthy volunteers on measures of symptom severity, social functioning, and cognitive assessments using the Stop-signal task (assessing response impulsivity) and the Intra-dimensional/Extra-dimensional Set Shift task (assessing cognitive flexibility). Individuals with SPD and BDD exhibited significantly worse picking, significantly worse overall psychosocial functioning, and significantly greater dysfunction on aspects of cognitive flexibility. These results indicate that when SPD co-occurs with BDD unique clinical and cognitive aspects of SPD may be more pronounced. Future work should explore possible subgroups in SPD and whether these predict different treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalBody Image
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Grant has research grants from NIMH and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and Forest and Roche Pharmaceuticals . He 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. Mr. Odlaug has received a research grant from the Trichotillomania Learning Center , has consulted for H. Lundbeck A/S, and has received royalties from Oxford University Press. Ms. Redden and Mr. Leppink declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Cognition
  • Dysmorphia
  • Impulse
  • Inhibition
  • Skin picking

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