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fadetoblack , 13 Feb 2010

trying to wean off meds - any "natural" ways that have helped the picking?

Well, this is my first time here. I'm 29 and have been picking since I was a kid. It used to be just my scalp (the school nurse gave me funny looks when doing the annual lice check), but has gradually become my entire body. I also have anxiety and depression and I guess this skin picking thing is a type of OCD. Whatever, too many labels. I have been on so many different meds. The combo of Prozac and Risperdal - really the Risperdal - helped a me a lot with the urges. But now I want to get pregnant and don't want to expose a baby to that (even though the docs really want me to stay on them) so am weaning off. The picking is getting terrible:( Anyway, just wondering if anyone had any ideas on other ways to decrease picking. Or any ways to help heal the wounds more quickly so I will have less to pick at. We are supposed to go on a cruise in June and I want to be able to wear a bathing suit! Thanks for letting me vent - it is nice to know I am not alone - even though I have never actually met another person with this issue.
3 Answers
February 14, 2010
Hi, Just finished watching Angela Hartlin's interview about CSP on Youtube. I noticed that a fellow-sufferer stated that 600 mg. of NAC ((N-Acetyl-Cysteine) has helped her tremendously. I immediately went online and ordered some. Am hoping it works for me as well. At this point, anything is worth a try. Perhaps you might try it as well. Deb, FL
February 15, 2010

In reply to by DebFL555

i just received my nac in the mail and have been taking it for 2 days (there's another thread on here about it called amino acids something or other). desperately hoping it will help! started the nac along with therapy and hypnosis all in the same week! i'm hoping that if i do absolutely everything possible i will at least have a chance at recovery.
February 15, 2010

In reply to by anniem

Hi Annie, Can you let me know how the NAC worked out for you? It sounds like you're doing everything you can to beat this. I'm waiting for mine to come in the mail...hoping it will be the answer to my prayers. SO tired of living with this...I just want to be normal again. Deb, FL

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