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February 04, 2019

I know it has been many many years since you posted this, and you probably won't ever see this comment, but…I'm a teenager. I have a lot of the same problems as you did. The depression, insomnia (although mine is caused by my medication), anxiety, inability to cope with/handle stress. If somehow you saw this, I'd greatly appreciate your help. I know this is a real long shot but, if there is any way you could maybe tell me some of your ways you handled the stress and how you coped with anxiety I'd be forever grateful. The stress and anxiety are my main causes for me to pick and I'm trying to figure this out before thins get worse for me. Hopefully you see this.

February 17, 2019

Different things can help different people. These types of disorders do not have one particular cure. It's what works for each individual. For myself I have improved healing and minimized damage by using tools and hydrocolloid Band-Aids when I pick. It has lessened the damage and the healing tine but has not eradicated the compulsions. Meanwhile, my nail biting habit of 25 years has completely stopped gradually faded away. Why? I don't know exactly but during that time I moved and started a new life. It could have been the necessary change which eliminated the need to bite my nails. The skin picking has persisted and I have had this issue for 15 years now. If it means that I'll have to suffer for ten more years before it goes away, so be it. These disorders have a mind of their own and can come and go ... although they can also morph into new variations.