'Speak up, I am listening' or the MHM logo can be printed on the front of all pieces except the t-shirts. The logo is the default option unless otherwise specified in the notes section when purchasing.
Excoriation disorder, also referred to as chronic skin picking or dermatillomania, is a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder- where a compulsion is carried out despite the consequences.
Excoriation is the repetitive behaviour of picking skin resulting in skin lesions, scarring as well as causing significant disruption in one’s life. Individuals who struggle with this disorder touch, rub, scratch, pick at, or dig into their skin in an attempt to improve perceived imperfections, often resulting in tissue damage, discoloration, or scarring.
People with excoriation do not wish to continue a pattern of picking and re-injuring themselves, it is a coping mechanism.
The excoriation monster’s skin is a combination of smooth, bumpy and imperfect to represent potential triggers for skin picking. Individuals may pick at healthy skin, minor skin irregularities (e.g., pimples or calluses), lesions, or scabs. Please note- this is not a representation of how the individual with excoriation looks, it is a representation of the illness.
Excoriation’s eyes are different sizes and far apart to recognise the distorted perception of imperfections.
The arrows continuing grip around the excoriation monster acknowledges the difficulty in breaking free of the repetitive behaviour. The change of colour in the arrow represents the different emotions that occur through skin picking. The excoriation monster has a sharp pointed head, symbolising the nails, tweezers or other tools used to pick at skin.
The word ‘excoriation’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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