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Húðkroppunarárátta : klínísk einkenni og tengsl við geðræn vandamál í úrtaki háskólanema

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  • HúðKroppunarárátta
  • Árátta
  • Medicine


Pathological skin picking (PSP) is usually chronic and can result in significant distress and functional impairment. Most research in this area has been done using clinical samples. In the current study PSP was examined in a non-clinical student sample. Clinical characteristics and comorbidity patterns were investigated. Semi-structured interview was administered to 55 university students suffering from PSP and 55 students without history of PSP The prevalence of psychiatric disorders was relatively high in the PSP group and clinical characteristics were similar to those found in previous studies in clinical samples. Students in the PSP group were more likely to be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, compared to the students in the control group. The results also indicate that PSP relates to body focused repetitive behaviours such as nail biting, hair pulling and mouth chewing.

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