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By reading this book you will:
- Learn about the treatment methods that work.
- Understand the therapy systems supported by research for treating compulsive skin picking.
- Learn about different variations of compulsive picking, different kinds of symptoms and areas of body affected.
- Read comprehensive explanations about your specific symptoms.
- Understand the risk factors for those who are likely to develop this disorder.
- Learn about possible causes of the disorder, from a scientific and medical perspective.
- Know the process of choosing the best therapist for your needs, if you’re willing and able to attend therapy.
- Learn effective coping strategies to assist you during recovery.
- Understand the nature of compulsive behaviors, get acquainted with similar disorders, and learn the differences between them.
- Learn about treating compulsive picking in children.
- Discover practical tips for identifying the disorder in others and how to approach them.
How to stop picking?
Most common question asked is: “how to stop picking my skin?”. You’re probably asking the same question. And it’s a good thing. Most people don’t.
People who struggle with compulsive skin picking do a good job hiding it. They tend to be very secretive about their compulsion, and often do not seek help. Others do not understand what is happening to them and the resulting shame and embarrassment act a barrier to recovery. This is one of the reasons why compulsive skin picking is more common than you would think. For example, as many as 4% of all college students have picking compulsions. That is a huge number of people within one demographic.
Since people tend not to reach out for help, the research on the disorder is limited which means it gets little attention from scientists and doctors in terms of research. While there are evidence-based treatments available, there is currently no pill that can cure it.
However, there are few treatment methods that work.
The most important decision you’re going to make if you want to stop picking is in choosing the right treatment method. No method fits everyone. Choosing the right method depends on your specific symptoms (ways of picking) and the cause of your disorder.
Which brings me to the second most common question we're being asked…
…why am I picking my skin?
Research indicates that picking compulsions are psychological as well as physical habitual responses. Again, every person is a bit different. Some people’s behaviors mimic tic disorders, and others’ behaviors look more like OCD. Either way, it is a very personal, private disorder, and not just because of weak will power.
Compulsive picking could also be a symptom of other distress, which means treating the symptoms is not enough – you need to address the cause.
Common causes of compulsive skin picking are:
- Stress, anxiety and other psychological factors.
- Neurological imbalance.
- Chemical imbalance.
- Traumatic events, particularly in childhood.
- Inability or difficulty regulating emotions.
Again, the exact causes of skin picking disorder remain a mystery, but research indicates that these factors are often present in people with skin picking disorder. Often, multiple factors contribute to picking behaviors, which is why thorough assessment by a qualified professional is necessary to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your needs. This book points you in the right direction.
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