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StarMe , 16 Aug 2010

Wow...New...and Shocked That I Am Not the Only One...

I am 22 years old and I have been picking, plucking, scratching and fussing for as long as I can remember. This has been my secretest, darkest shame that I didn't even know was an issue. I honestly thought that I was the only person who had developed such a strange and unfortunate lifestyle. Randomly coming across this forum caused me to literally tear up. So many bloodstains and unexplainable scars. I cannot imagine life without picking. I do it all of the time when I am alone and whenever I think no one is looking. I have come to terms (and by that, I only mean coping) with my depression, anxiety, bulimia, anorexia, self mutilation... but this seems like a whole new can of worms (despite the fact that it is the oldest habit that I have...minus the thumb sucking... but that is well out of my system-thanks to parenting). I am so scared and so terribly disgusted with myself.
2 Answers
August 18, 2010
Hi. I have been totally where u r and still am. My problem is skin picking. Mostly on my legs, arms, shoulder and back. I too have been doing this for a long time and it brings me relief at times. When it starts to hurt, sometimes I will stop picking at it. But then I will try again and again to pick at it later. I actually am going through a period of great anxiety right now, and that's another reason why I pick.
August 19, 2010
Im new here as well and like you I also thought I was the only one with this problem. I felt like it was some sort of OCD thing and never really thought much of it until tonight I decided to google picking and I came across this blog site. I have been a heavy picker for the last couple of years. Im I have completely scarred my arms and shoulders. I also pick my legs and I use to pick my scalp. I found out I'm positive for MRSA and that freaked me out and it caused me to pick even more. That was a couple of years ago too. I find that when Im really busy the urge to pick does not enter my brain. Its when I have alone time or quiet time that I start to pick. My husband is totally sickened by what I have done to myself. I do have to hide and pick when he is not looking. Before I became a mom I was completely healthy and did not pick myself at all. After my child was born I had gained so much weight it was disgusting. I set out to lose the weight and I was successful and kept it off for a good year before I had to undergo gallbladder removal surgery. After that, I slowly gained all the weight plus some more back. I also attend nursing school and that stresses me out too. Im on summer break though and I still remain picking. Its bad that my 6 year old even tells me not to pick.

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