Rosacea: An Introduction

Rosacea & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder may occur alongside rosacea, although usually it develops as a result of a primary psychiatric condition.

Rosacea patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are severely self-critical and may spend long periods of time trying to extrude a papule or clear a pustule.

The results in numerous and typically slow-to-heal, inflamed excoriations and scars, which, in turn give rise to anger on the rosacea patient's behalf, because they cannot be in control of this situation.

Rosacea patients who tends to develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder tend to:

  • force themselves to follow rigid moral principles;
  • force themselves to follow strict standard of performance;
  • force themselves to follow strict standard of appearance.

The distinction between rosacea cases where Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is present and rosacea cases where Body Dismorphic Disorder is present is that those with OCC tend to have much more insight into the irrational nature of some thoughts and behaviours.

Rosacea patients suffering self-inflicted excoriations often seek help because they wish to terminate their compulsive picking more than anything else.

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