ADHD & Skin picking

My daughter(7) has ADHD when she takes any of the medications, to help her with that, it makes her pick her fingers uncontrollably. So she still can not pay attention in class. I was wondering if anyone has had or is having the same problems and has found anything that helps.

I also thought the adderall was causing my picking to get worse,so I went off completely for summer, also on Prozac for the anxiety. I stayed on the prozac and did not see any difference in my skin picking problem, did have a hard time focusing in my job though. Went back on adderall skin the same but can focus again. If I were you I would check out other forums, I think there may be something to this fungas or bacteria thing due to having animals. I always have had mild acne, but my skin def took a turn for the worst when I got out door cats. This has always been in the back of my mind, but I was also in my fortys so thought change of life, but has just been getting worse now 54. I am going to try the fungus ointment and if this does not work the bacteria spray recommended in one of the forums. Thank you everyone for sharing it is good to know I am not alone.
I was diagnosed with ADD when I was in elementary school and was on ritilan. It didn't cause skin picking but caused ticks. I was then taken off of it and dealt with the ADD until I turned 22 and then was put on Adderoll. I have always been a skin piker but it just recently got bad a couple months ago. A year after being on adderol. I also just got diagnosed with Narcolepsy and need the medicine to stay awake and function. Is there any other medicines that help narcolepsy but won't cause me to pick?
My brother recently has taken mediication for his adhd too and since then i see him picking alot more, when he usually didn't that often bbefore he started taking it! I also pick my face and other parts of my body mine is actually a serious problem(at least i think so) and way way worse but I take an anti depressent, it hasn't helped me stop picking yet.
i am a 19 year old girl with ADHD and ive been biting my nails, picking my skin on my fingers for as long as i can remember. Recently ive started squeezing my arms and legs. i never knew that this was so tied with ADHD and i have never felt more relieved in my life that other people do this. the biggest weight has been lifted off my shoulders and i feel so "okay" now. i need to take steps towards stopping but this is literally the best website that ive ever found
My son has been a picker - his cuticles, scabs on his arms and legs, his lips. He ended up with bad sores and scars. We have him in various sports but he would just stand and pick and not be able to play. He is on Vyvanse and Intuniv and the doctor's alternative was to add an anti-anxiety drug which I wasn't comfortable with for a 6-year old. I read the post about the amino acid N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) and decided to give it a try. 600 mg in the am and 600 mg in the pm. After a couple of weeks, his fingers have all healed, as have his arms and legs. He still picks at his lips sometimes but the improvement has been amazing. Thanks for sharing this tip.
I am the mother of a 10 year old son with ADHD. He takes Vyvanse 40mg a day. He's a picker. He started at the beginning of the 4th grade and doesn't care where he is when he picks at his scalp. I'm writing this from the sideline of his soccer practice and he's on the field picking. Seeing him do this repeatedly made me google this issue. I'm glad there is someone besides me that understands how frustrating this can be.
I believe that is because the medications are stimulants (for sure ritalin is). Have you looked into non-medical ways to help the ADHD, such as Brain Gym or diet modification and supplements? I have used Brain Gym successfully with children that have ADHD. Here is a link to a blog post on my website where I talk about a great book on ADHD.
My son is 9 and has just started "picking" a few months ago. His fingers kept sores on them and now it is his arms. His arms are bleeding everyday at school and are starting to scar. :( I am not sure what to do about this! He has been on spring break for four days now and his arms have healed almost completely. During this time off I have not been giving him his medicine either. I guess the combination of no medicine and being out of school has worked wonders!! Too bad it cant last.
Hi Im Doug and Im a picker too!! My spelling is really bad and I apologize in advance for babbling, i feel compelled to mention im not a doctor nor am i recommending u try anything i mention below, i simply want to share for recreation use only how i manage my self diagnosed case of SIOCSPD [Stimulant Induced Obsessive Compulsive Skin Picking Disorder (skin picker sounds better than self mutilator eh!)] I hope that by reading my experience it will at a minimum give someone one new idea to help them out. Were all different and react different to different things if you know what i mean so its almost impossible to say exactly what causes or what would stop each of our individual urges to pick. Ive tried almost everything to fix it. Ive used ointments, creams, lotions, natural remedy potions all no luck. Ive had a number of visits to my Doctor for swabs, blood tests, stool tests looking for the problem internally. Ive been so embarrassed by by the sores i too hid away from people, avoided functions, pretty much become a loner. Family Doctor thinks im crazy because she prescribes cream and antibiotics and i keep coming back. Middle of December all my tests came back negative for parasites, bacteria etc. Heres what I know - I dont pick when i sleep - I dont pick when im typing on my keyboard (like right now, i haven't picked for 10 minutes already) - I dont pick when im in front of my boss (lol well sometimes) - I dont pick when im doing something I enjoy - I pick when my skin is dry - I pick when im stressed - i pick when im bored - I dont want to give up my medication because I cant stop myself from picking..... too many positive changes in my life. - I dont want to look like a meth addict with scabs all over, - i dont want to hide, - i dont want to waste hours standing in front of a mirror mutilating myself when i could be doing something useful with time. I had fresh sores and scabs on my face, arms, hands, legs and feet when i started my little program. After about a month those sores and scabs were gone completely, granted i still picked a little, damn its a hard habit to break, but here is what helped me clear up existing sores and help control my SIOCSPD. (stimulant induced obsessive compulsive skin picking disorder) After meeting with my Doc. I maintained my original medication, and dealt with the skin sores as a OCD 54mg Concerta when i get up 20 mg Prozac (generic) for 2 weeks - Showered using Pine Tar Soap - 1 Doke Oil bath a week i used 8 cap fulls for a bath (its different) - Slathered on Colloidal Oatmeal Skin Moisturizer like nobody's business - with a qtip i put a thin layer of Anti fungal Cream on my sores, then sealed them with liquid bandage for 2 days then took it off for a day or 2 then did it again until they were healed. After approx 2 weeks when my sores were pretty much better I started exfoliating my skin with i think its clearasil or some pore penetrating cleaner every other day for a week, now i just do it once a week. All the while mainting the Pine Tar, moisturizing and healing sores as i needed until they were all gone.....YIPPPEE When i feel the urge to pick i quickly remind myself where it leads, and if necessary I use a spary antihistamine which takes the itch away for me (in most cases), or i wipe my skin down with Tea Tree oil. I try and keep busy. I do what I have to do to get through the work day without scratching, like avoiding the washroom mirror so i dont see that little pc of skin or a tiny little black dot in one of my pores that begs me to rip into it and cause a huge mess, i stick close to people that Id be horrified if they saw my sores. I live alone which means i don't have anyone yelling at me to stop picking, so I make sure that I have something i enjoy doing close by,. For me i identified my camera i can spend hours fiddling and using photoshop, and i dont scratch :) Now that winter is here i bundle up and take a walk with the dog (its hard to scratch through 3 layers....i know it can be done but its tough) When im out and about if i feel like a scratch or a mining expedition in the rear view mirror, again i remind myself where that leads and will try to start a conversation with someone, find a distraction, shopping or browsing works good. Its been a little over a month doing the above and im free of sores and hardly ever find myself in front of a mirror to pick. Good luck pickers.
Hello everyone. I am new to this site and I love that there are people that are going through the same thing that I am. I am a 16 year old girl and I have been biting/picking my nails since I was about 9 or 10 years old. My parents have always tried to get me to stop, but I just can't. I do it totally subconsciously. Some times I realize it, but 9 times out of 10 I don't. I am currently taking Vyvanse and I have noticed that I pick my nails a lot more than I did when I wasn't taking Vyvanse. I had stopped taking Vyvanse for about 6 months because it made me very anxious and would have these moments where I would just totally lose it. But now, unfortunately, I just started driving and I have realized that I cannot concentrate while I am driving without my medicine. Just too many things going and too many things to remember. I cannot control my nail picking. I have tried everything from putting Tabasco sauce on my fingers to putting band aides on my fingers. I am stuck right now. While I'm at school, I still pick my nails. I won't ever bite them unless I am alone. I know I look gross when I bite my nails, but I just can't stop. I am also taking Intuniv with Vyvanse. I have seen no difference yet. I am only on the 2nd week of the 4 weeks before I will get the full dose. Hopefully this will make things better.
you should try getting acrylic nails, have them put the acrylic on thick and get them short. It's more difficult to pick when you have them(at least for me) plus it always feels good pampering yourself a little. ;)
my 16 year old daughter started picking her skin shortly after starting adderall about a year ago. Sept 2010. She stopped the aderall over the summer and started straterra. The picking continued all summer. I am wondering if the straterra could be causing the picking also?
I have had a LOT of luck with the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, which is sometimes sold as N-acetyl L-cysteine, for my 11-year-old daughter who severely picks her skin (arms and legs). I'm hoping that everyone on this group will check it out. We started out at 1200mg each day, 600mg in the morning and 600mg in the evening. Then we worked up to 2400mg, 1200 mg in the morning and 1200 mg in the evening, within about 3 or 4 weeks. The study that was done in 2009 showed the best results were after 9 weeks of continuous treatment with this amino acid, also just known as NAC. We saw great results after 6 weeks. Please consider trying it. I am not a doctor, so please weigh out the risks for yourself. It has truly been a godsend. My daughter used to pick to the point of staph infections. She has scars all over her body. It works by regulating the URGE to pick. You can download the summary text of the 2009 study on this website - The study was for hair-pulling, but skin-picking and nail-biting result from similar sets of urges.
I am a 30yr old female and I take Vyvanse 70mlgs a day. I have had amazing and successful results on this medication. I almost have an obesession with reading, learning and absorbing more and more info and I've always had a problem with concentration. For the first time in my life I actually absorb things. However it doesn't last the 12hrs like it says so by the middle of the day I take a 20mlg of Adderall so the effects do not wear off. I do have some severe symptoms that have made contemplate whether to stop taking the medication all together but the positive effects I get from it make me not want to. I don't want to loose those and I feel I'll be less successful and ontop of my game if I stop. It's very embarrassing one of the specific symptoms I have that I can't seem to stop and I've read others having the same issue as well. For one, when ti starts to wear off I start to feel irritable and agitated. Just from research I've done and knowing that this is a stimulate; it would make sense for such side effects to arise. Example: People who are who take stimulates such as meth an such have the exact same side effects but I'm sure they are more more severe when coming down. I also think it can make me more paranoid at times as well if something happens and my reaction maybe more dramatic. The worse symptom I have had that I feel is getting worse and is very OCD is skin picking!!! I've always been a picker since I went through puberty because I had bad skin and to this day my face breaks out but not like it did when I was younger. I've always picked my face but I never destroyed it. On this medication especially when stressed or coming down off of it I can spend hours in the mirror at one time. This past Thursday I destroyed my face the worst I ever have!!! I mean I actually look like I am a meth addict!!! I have to whole my self up in my house and no let anymoe see me and hope it heels because it's so bad! IT's not the first time it's happened but this has been by far the worst!! I have scabs all over my face and I've never doen that until I was on the medicine. It's like I go into a trance and can't leave the mirror. When I finally feel as if I've "cleansed my face" of everything inside of it; it's like coming out of a trance. I step back and look at myself in the mirror and am horrified with what I did!! I get so upset and angry but when I'm like that I can't stop!! It's very obsessive!!! I"m so thankful I'm working from home remotely this week because there is no way I could let anyone see my face! It's so embarrassing!!! i've asked my psychologist about it and she said doctors don't know why but if you already have underlying OCD issues that this medication can cause it to surface. I just don't understand why it's gotta be this one!! My best friends son I know had the same issue but he picked at his thumbs till they bled. To try and stop from doing it to my face and I couldn't resit the urge I starged doing it to my upper thighs which I'm horrified at as well. I don't know how to stop and I feel like the obsession with it is getting worse!! It seems the only time I'll leave it alone on this med is when I've destroyed my face beyond belief and seeing it just allows me to just treat it with neosporin and not pick. Once it clears up I seem to go right back! I'm so humiliated by this act!! I've never had to hide myself from people because of something I did to myself before! I feel like I've got an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other with this med.. I don't want to stop it because of the benefits it's given me. I'm hoping I can find another way to prevent myself from doing this but I don't know how! Sometimes I"ve been pretty good but if I'm stressed and anxious (I already have an underlying condition of severe anxiety) there is no stopping it. Does anyone else have this problem?
Hi. I can relate to you completely. I just turned 25 but i habe picked my skin as far back as elementary school but when i got prescribed 60 mg adderal / day n now i pick my face til i look like a meth head, n when theres nothing left to pick i move to my chest arms legs, everywhere. I cant function proplerly without the adderal but i cant control the picking on it. I take it for a week n then dont for a week so my skin can start healing just to tear it all open again a few days later. My body is covered in scars n scabs n nobody understands why i keep doing it. They say just stop but as wveryone here knows its not that easy cuz we wouldnt be on this forum if it was.
I used to rip up my feet and hands. I got a manicure and a pedicure with the family for my birthday with the works, wax wraps, callous treatment, salt scrub, anything I wanted. After, my hands and feet looked and felt amazing. The scars weren't completely gone, but for the first time it felt like I could have a second chance and start with a clean slate. Also, once the dry skin and hangnails from picking were gone, I had nothing to pick at, which helps because the act of picking is a form of "perfecting." Hopefully this helps.
im also a picker and have been from childhood. just started taking bupropion xl150 and the urge to pick has stopped. i took adderal before and it made it worse. i think it is because wellbutrin is much milder, but only adults can take it. hope my sharing helps.
I am glad to know I am not the only person who has a problem with this, although I wish no one did! My picking has also existed ever since the start of adolescence, but has been exacerbated severely by Adderall. I am still taking it because it helps me get through work, and having a daughter with ADHD. She takes Adderall too, and she has a different compulsion, which is that she is constantly popping her wrists and ankles. I do not know of anything that can help stop these behaviors. I am sure stopping Adderall would make them better, but this medication has helped my daughter especially, since other things she's tried have caused her not to be able to sleep, have a poor appetite, high blood pressure or severe moodiness, and trouble getting up in the morning. Moodiness and poor self esteem are becoming problems for her again. For me, it's just the picking, but it is extreme. No makeup can hide it, and I no longer care about going to the beach in summer, and refuse to be seen in my underwear--forget being naked! I pick all over, and cannot stop once I start. It made me cry to read this blog, because I know what a bad problem it is for me. I am 29 and single, and I have a long time to live, I cannot imagine picking this way for the rest of it. I want help, but have no insights......anyone else?
I would love to speak with you about this because if you read my post we are in the same situation! You have been the only one though that does exactly what I do. I don't know if the only way for contact is through this since I just signed up or if this reply sends it to your email. I just dont want to post my email address on here. Please advise and let me know if there is a way we can communicate. Thanks.
i'm turning 21 on february 7th and i'm tired of feeling like my skin is holding me back from being the beautiful, confident girl that i once was. i used to be so out-going and energetic. now i just feel closed off from society and isolated. i wish you luck. hopefully once i am over this for good, laser resurfacing will be an option.
I'm also thinking and looking into getting some peel done to help reduce the scars I have. I think it's sad because most people get thier acne scars from when they were a teenager but I'm getting mine starting at 29 because that's when I started taking this medicine. I too feel embarrassed and horrified about it. Not only that, since I started doing it to my thighs in hopes to reduce the damage of doing it to my face I have dealt with another problem. How am I going to date, get serious with someone and down the road it lead to intimacy? How can I let someone see my thighs adn the state they are in?!! How can I expalin that without sounding like a complete lunatic not to mention completely turn the person off?!!! I have so much self-loathing of myself because of it now and I just wanna stop!
I have been picking my scalp since I was 14. The urge comes and goes. I am now a 33-year-old law student and diagnosed with ADHD. The Adderall has helped me finish my under-grad degree, take the LSAT, and get into law school. It has also helped to elevate the picking to a new height. The only time I have experienced relief is when life offers little stress. I grew hair back in three places on my head last summer that were formally bald, now I have 5 bald spots. We need to talk to a therapist that can help us stop. Otherwise, I may never.
My daughter has ADHD and interestingly enough, when she's NOT on her medication, she picks at her thumb nail. It got so bad that the nail had practically disappeared. But when she takes her meds (now Vyvanse), she's ok.
I have ADHD and I have tried almost every medication. I also have been a picker as long as I can remember. I have noticed from experience, when I was on to high a dose of my current meds, Vyvanse, I picked a lot more. I also picked a lot on ridalin. For me though i pick with or without my meds, but there is a correlation. I think is has something to do with me being a very tactile person. Be careful not to cry in front of her about it though. My mom cries whenever I pick at my acne, and I feel like the worst person in the universe. unfortunately it does nothing to alleviate my picking urges. Also most kids pick at there fingers to some extent, especially those with ADD, but it becomes an issue if it is paired with other things, like acne picking, pulling out hair, scratching the scalp, biting nails, picking the nose, popping zits. Etc. I wouldn't worry to much, but if you catch her eating her dead skin, that would definitely be a warning sign of a picking fixation. The thing about ADD/ADHD is that you can become fixed on a lot of things, such as TV, video games, ideas, crushes, etc. So both the meds and the ADHD seem to increase the intensity of the picking, almost like a cycle. The good thing about fixation in ADHD is that when you figure out what you like, in my case Biology, you are REALLY good at it, and it is very fascinating. School is hard, but now that I am in College I have learn to view my ADHD as more of a gift, a special part of my personality which gives me more drive to explore, create, and empathize. Picking however, I have found nothing good out of it. Only that I feel like I am addicted to a drug, which is weird because there is not chemical component to it.
I feel the exact same way!!! I love, thrive and aborb info like never before on this medication and for the first time in my life I feel like I am smart and I just had a problem before that hindered me from aborbing and paying attention but the picking makes me feel horrible and ashamed of myself! I'm just glad that I finally decided to do some research on this and found other's have the same problme as me so I don't feel like such a freak! When my friends (only 3 are allowed to see me like this. However after this thursday I'm not allowing anyone to see my face) they react so strongly and scold me to "Leave your face alone"? "Why are you doing that"?! "You need to stop"?! But they don't get it! I can't it's not that easy!!! I have found when I travel for work every other week, I go and do things after work and I'm not in my room till it's pretty much time for bed that I don't have the urge and my face clears up. But when I work from home remotely then I do it. I don't take the meds on the weekends just to avoid this situation and allow my face to heel. In a way I love what it's done but I feel trapped because of what it makes me do too! I'm a prisoner to myself, in my own home!!! I was even worried people were going to ask me if I was home this weekend and ask to get together and I was going to lie and say I decided to spend the weekend out of town wehre I go for work to hang with people! I've never had to lie like that before to avoid people seeing me!
@cantstop81 I can relate to everything you just said. I started on vyvanse in November and my face picking has intensified at an alarming rate. I've always been a face picker but I always had pretty clear skin and my face would be fine the morning after. Now, I seriously look like a meth addict. Everywhere I have picked has turned into a red scab and won't go away. I counted I have 32 spots on my face compared to the usual 1 or 2 that I might have. It's horrifying! I also go into a trace and will stay up until 3 or 4am for an hour picking my face. I have a 3 and 4 year old... Not good. It's like I can't stop until I snap out of it and survey the damage. This medicine has giving me not only horrible acne (which I've never had in my life, I'm 28)... I have it on my face, behind my ears (in hairline), down neck, and back. I have not had any back acne since I was a teen. I also obsessively started epalating my legs (Which is a device that quickly pulls your leg hairs out at the root... Instead of shaving or waxing). I was doing this everyday (supposed to use it every 4 weeks) because I had missed hairs so I would spend hours getting every hair out then I got horrible ingrown hairs... Oh boy. OCD overload (which i didn't have until now), I would pick out every single in grown hair. My legs are so tore up. My boys want to go to an indoor pool but at this point my legs are a scabby mess. Just in August I represented my state in a Mrs pageant and now look at me now... A meth looking face and torn up legs. I love the effects of the meds... I've never been this focused in my life... All the housework is done everyday, I'm a cleaning and organizing freak but I am messing up my face and body so much. I just can't go back to my old disorganized life. So don't know what to do!!!
I too can relate, I have picked for years and years, it started in the 90's when I had a bit of a cocaine addiction, after stopping, I was diagnosed with bi-polar, ocd, adhd, and anxiety disorder..,,like ok wow, started taking different prescribed drugs for treatment off and on for years, depending if I had insurance or not, WELL, my daughter was diagnosed ADHD in 2nd grade and they prescribed adderall and clonadine...she eventually stopped the adderall coz she didn't like how she felt on it, which became my "fill in" drug because I too took Adderall but was always out of my script in 3 weeks..but for a couple of those days while on it i would pick my face into oblivion....I was addicted to it and it was very expensive, and had no insurance so I stopped cold turkey. But then I would go to the diet doctor and get phentametrazine, and was picking my body apart , I would look like a meth addict and call off work, or make up a zillion excuses over the years as to why my face keeps getting this way at least once a month That was some years ago, now i take Ritalin, and I pick my whole body, the ingrown hair areas on my legs, my chest, my face....sometimes i realize i am doing it but "i have to get that last lil white thing in the gorged out hole I just made", and keep digging at, like i get pleasure from digging out the center.....well ok, now I'm like OMG i did it again, i look horrible, and its like I have to punish myself for mutilating my body and must do something to heal it...ok i have to go somewhere...gotta put on makeup,,,but after a lil while it cakes in the scabs that are hardened, ...can't have a scab so i pic it.....i have always picked at my face n twirled my hair since i was little but THIS is horrible...Im on this site because i have been picking all day, those same places that never really fully healed and is kinda soft from the month prior because I get some weird satisfaction out of the obsessive picking then have to punish myself for a couple weeks, making excuses to even strangers that I have some kind of skin disorder...(I do have adult cystic acne) but right now I need an overnight remedy...yea think i would have grown out of this by now but I can't get as much done without the drug, sigh..btw....I turn 49 on Sunday.............I would love to be able to talk about this with someone who understands..
Yes - don't cry or freak about it, or act disappointed. My mom is the same, and it does not help, and it makes me feel like I can't talk to her about it at all. Be cool about it, and not disgusted (not that you sound disgusted or unsupportive at all), because then she can come to you if SHE is freaking out. You could also ask her doctor about prescribing a low dose of anti-anxiety medication.
I am sorry to hear that your daughter is having this problem...I am currently 28 yrs old and have had ADD ,(non-hyperactive), combined with skin picking compulsions for years. I have found that when taking Adderall or other stimulant medications, the urge to pick is positively overwhelming, quite honestly. I have always been inclined towards picking, but when I am medicated, it seems that it cannot be helped, and I have damaged myself rather severely at times when on these drugs to a point that I usually would not. Also, my father has been diagnosed as having ADD and suffers from the same neurotic compulsions when taking Adderall... I suspect that because I usually have at least a mild interest in picking, the amphetamines amplify this and cause me to "pay attention" more than I ordinarily would....I guess that's Adderall doing its job! I can't say that I have found much to help me overcome the desire to dig massive holes in myself for seemingly no reason, but large, covering band-aids appear to at least make me realize what I am doing sometimes and hide potentially tempting spots... Would it help for your daughter to keep band-aids on her fingers, or perhaps some of that liquid bandage stuff might at least reduce the damage to her skin? I'm sure you've considered rewards systems, etc...unfortunately I know exactly what damage I am doing to myself and the thought of the unsightly consequences doesn't do much to deter me, I'm afraid. Beyond this, I can't think of much else to tell you, except that perhaps alternative medications ought to be considered. Having lived my entire life with ADD, (only diagnosed when I was 18), I know how difficult this condition can be, but sometimes the medications themselves are worse than what they are treating; I have taken stimulants for years and have not found them to be beneficial beyond the first few years, with many unpleasant side-effects. Unfortunately, I have not found much of anything chemical to be of any use, and am well aware of how debilitating this seemingly subtle disease can be. An inability to focus on a movie, per se, doesn't seem so bad, but when you consider all of the frustrations and set-backs this condition can incur, it can be truly overwhelming and cause a myriad assortment of other problems, such as being perceived as "inconsiderate" from chronic tardiness, all the way down to severe depression; when every day is what normal people would consider a disastrous one, it kind of gets to you. This, actually, ties into the emotional aspect of picking, as well, which I am sure you have read about on this website, among others. All I can truly recommend in the long run are for you to educate yourself on the various aspects and emotional dangers of ADHD, exercise extreme patience with your daughter, and continue to show the love and concern you obviously feel for her... she is lucky to have a mother who does not sweep her problems under one rug and simply medicate her, as so many do. I wish you both the best of luck...
I know that ADD is a tough condition to face and you can't just fight it alone but I feel like I should warn you about Adderall. My mother is attending drug rehab programs Los Angeles because of this drug, she had it all under control being always under medical supervision and somehow she slept on the addiction side. It was difficult to admit she has dependency problems but her doctor helped her make a good decision.
Ditto to everything you said. This could have been written by me - it's a relief to read it. I even asked various doctors if the adderall could be what was making my picking worse, and they were like: "Nah, not likely." But it was such an obvious connection to me! I struggle with picking still, but using skills I learned in Behavior Therapy can help somewhat. Here is my favorite: when you go into the crazy picking trance, and are yelling at yourself in your head to stop, but you just can't (this is what happens to me - maybe it doesn't happen to you) you have to yell at yourself out loud. It really does jerk you out of the trance. With me, I'm usually fine if I don't start, but if I start then I tear my entire face apart. Anyway, I just wanted to respond b/c I feel like such a freak about it, and you seem to have reached a calm place. It is nice to hear there are other people.
My inner voice screams at me too to stop, but just one more....I'm helping my sin to look better by getting rid of that blackhead, the dark bit ICANN see way under my fair skin HAS to come out... I tossed my magnifying mirror out a few weeks ago (had it on my vanity in front of the window so I was comfortable picking AND could see every flaw), and 2 days later I felt like a cracked ot junkie---searching FRANTICALLY through every junk/makeup/bathroom container, even old purses, trying t find a compact mirror. Finally found one, and although I've never done drugs, when I found it the incredible RELIEF I felt was how an addict must feel when they can finally get that needle fulbof heroin in their arms. Scary.
This is an interesting subject, highly controversial, and the strange thing is, when I joined here, I started reading a few posts made mostly by mothers who noticed their daughters (I don't think anyone has mentioned this affecting their sons yet, not sure),....but the moms noticed when their child was diagnosed with ADHD and medicated for it (I can think of three medications that were discussed), they noticed their daughters then and only then started chronic skin picking. I'm confident all kids, people, do it to some degree, but the crux of the debate was: with the addition of the medication, the physical act of abusive picking started. Very frustrated people. Well, I decided to add my name to the list after reading some of these stories. I wasn't diagnosed until I was an adult, and went unmedicated and scatterbrained. Then my doctor started me on Ritalin. Within 2 months or so, it started. First in private seclusion, and then I didn't care who saw me. We had a glass room, glass french doors, and I would sit in there, utensils in hand, big ole mirror, not caring. Thus it began. I stopped taking the meds, but the behavior didn't go away. I am back on the Ritalin, have been for 5 months now, and for the most part, much more manageable. I have my moments, some bad, but I would say "most" of the time, even if I don't "take care of my skin," I've drastically reduced "abusing, hurting, and damaging my skin." I'm much more aware and conscious. It may not be logical. It may not be a correlation. Just an observationl
Thanks for that! My daughter says she feels the same way. I am going to have her try this. Good luck to you!
They say to ages 7-10 are going to pick at some point or another. Nail biting and stuff. Maybe social disorder could be the cause? When I was a kid the medication didn't work for me so I would pick my skin off my fingers as a way of fidgeting because it sped me up. There are so many reason your child could be doing this. Source to read:
i just found this after i posted my adderall post. it sounds like its true and is linked! im less likely to pick when i m not on my meds. its a bad habit anyways but with the medication makes it into something i would not normally do to that extreme..
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