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mle19 , 20 Aug 2010

i don't know how to deal with this!

i'm new to this site and i've only just started doing some research on skin picking, i've been doing it for years, i'm 19 now and i've never told anyone, i pick at my face, arms, chest and sometimes my legs too. it's really starting to get to me. my confidence is so low, and i don't know who to talk to. i'm worried about going to a doctor about it in case they don't take it seriously or something, i'm sure my boyfriend has noticed that i do it all the time but i just told him it's a habit and it's nothing to worry about :( i don't know why i do it i just do.... how do you guys cope with it??
4 Answers
August 26, 2010
I have a severe scalp picking problem, I have OCD, and I'm 14. I don't know why I pick either You are not alone, there are many people that pick their skin, it will be ok. I think that your doctor would definitely take it seriously if you told them. Good luck with everything :). Stay strong
August 27, 2010
Hi. I have been dealing with this for a long time too and just accepted that I like doing it and really don't know how to stop. I pick mostly my legs and shoulders and back. I went to see a cognitive behavioral therapist the other day and she said she didn't know if she could help me cuz I have all these other underlying issues. That didn't make me feel very hopeful at all. Now I am seeing an anger management therapist hoping she can help me. This is just crazy. I need help for all these issues and it seems like I might not be able to get help for them. I have been going through so much lately with anger and hate that it's out of control. And at this point I don't care what damage the picking does. I don't care much about anything lately. Even my dog has been rubbing me the wrong way and taking stuff out on her. Bad thing I know. Does any one care if they do damage to themselves, when u r actually in the act of picking?
August 27, 2010
i definately feel ya when it comes to the boyfriend thing. My past 2 ex boyfriends hated that id pick at my face and chest. They would tell me even without makeup that im beautiful and i dont need to pick at all, but for some reason i could never stop, even knowing they really meant what they said. Its kinda embarassing having to explain these kinda things to a boyfriend, especially the chest picking but im sure you can get through it with support. Just dont give up, i am 22 years old ive been face/chest picking for the past 2 years and it makes me feel really low sometimes and out of control of my actions but all you can do is look up information and see what works the best for you to stop. Something i do that helps is i get acrylic nails put on, it sucks because with nails i cant play the guitar, but its a sacrifice i have to make in order to stop picking. Getting my nails done makes it really hard to successfully pick at anything even when i try really hard. Deep breathing also works sometimes cause my picking is usually stress induced and anxiety related. hope this helps!

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