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i have talked about this once before but nobody seemed too interested in the topic, or had anything to say on the matter. My whole family has been sick these last two weeks, so me, the one with the skin problem, was taking nyquil everynight to stop the pounding headache and cough. Suffice to say, my skin looks amazing! At least compared to normal circumstances. Now i am not saying that nyquil is everyones answer and some kind of magic that will cure everyone of this affliction. But my theory remains the same. i can't speak for all but I believe all of us with dermatillomania have anxiety issues. The sedative affect nyquil had on me made me skip my hour long or more bedtime routine to 5 minutes in bathroom because I couldn't wait to get into my bed. Bedtime is my bad time, because I guess I am thinking about my day and about the next day and sink into this trance. Sounds odd but usually I am having this conversation in my head with someone, and it's usually critical, defensive, or negative. The sedative affect for bedtime, or even a mild one for those to take during the day might help with these anxiety problems, and thus cancel out the trance or "tweak" state our anxious heads put us in. The desire to pick will probably always be there. But sedatives given for anxiety might give us the "i don't care" attitude. Or we might think of more creative ways to handle our anxiety and stress instead of on our skin. But the trance, as if under a spell, our eyes glaze over and suddenly we are trapped inside our head, until someone shouts at us to stop and we get really pissed off. It's probably like waking a sleep walker. Dangerous.