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Hello Everyone..I thought I was the only person in the world with this horrible problem!!! I am more accostomed to picking the cuticle on my two thumbs rather than any other part of my hands. I've been picking my skin since I was in sixth grade and now I'm 23 years old. I remember it starting specifically in that grade because I was so anxious and nervous about school and now it seems like I can't stop. I remember there was a time when I picked on my lips and constantly had scabs on my lips, and before I started picking the cuticle on my thumbs, I picked the inner side of my thumb, inbetween your palm and second knuckle of the thumb (this happened in elementary school). I work in the medical field, so it scares me to death about contracting a disease or infection because of my problem, so sometimes I'll wear band aids on my thumbs(then I start picking the band aid!), but am sometimes concerned people will question why I have band aids on my fingers and then I'll have to share my compulsive and repulsive behavior. I was diagnosed with anxiety/depression when I was about 14, so I ABSOLUTELY believe that that is the answer to why I pick my skin. Does anyone have any advise on how to stop?? My family is constantly telling me "stop picking your thumb!" But I just can't help it, I do it ALL THE TIME!!! (except when I'm sleeping). Please if you have any advise at all, PLEASE let me know!!