Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci.  2016 Aug;14(3):311-313. 10.9758/cpn.2016.14.3.311.

Dermatitis Artefacta Mimicking Borderline Personality Disorder: Sometimes, Skin Could Be Misleading

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Kolkata, India.
  • 2Consultant Psychiatrist, Kolkata, India.


Dermatitis artefacta lies in a gray zone, between the specialities of psychiatry and dermatology. The condition could mimic a number of other lesions and therefore is a source of much confusion in clinical practice. Here, we describe a case of dermatitis artefacta in an 11-years old girl, which resembled self-harming behavior in Borderline personality disorder. We then discuss how the two could be differentiated and why this becomes imperative while dealing with such cases.


Dermatitis artefacta; Self-injurious behavior; Borderline personality disorder
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