Abstract of main article: OCD and depression can be the cause of chronic itching and skin picking. The skin picking gives a subjective feeling of reduced anxiety.

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"Itching and Cronic Skin Picking caused by Depression and OCD - Psychogenic Excoriation"

1. Gupta MA, Gupta AK, Haberman HF (1986), Neurotic excoriations: a review and some new perspectives. Compr Psychiatry 27(4):381-386.
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