Compulsive scalp picking shows that the prevalence of obsessive compulsive disorders is around 4% in this society. Approximately 1% of these patients suffer from a scalp picking disorder, which is a type of OCD skin picking behavior. This disorder can be seen in children, teenagers and adults at any age. The certain reasons of compulsive scalp picking are not exactly known. However, lots of the studies that are done with these patients show that character features such as low self esteem, negative past experiences, current life problems or any other psychological disorders can be the start of a bad habit of obsessive scalp picking.
Scalp picking disorder is considered a form of skin picking. A person can be diagnosed with scalp picking if they are picking the skin on their head compulsively until it bleeds or is balding due to constant picking of the skin on their scalp. Most patients only scratch their scalp with their nails and pull out the scabs that they caused. However, in advanced scalp picking disorder cases, patients use pointed tools like needle, skewer, scissors, tweezers, etc. These kinds of tools cause more harm to the scalp.