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Hi. I'm new here and I'm so glad to be reading about other people that have some of the same issues that I do. I've been picking at the skin on my face and body since I was a teenager. I'm now 33 and fed up with myself for continuing to do this. It's like I can't stop my hands from scratching and picking at my skin. Even when I tell myself to stop, sometimes I just can't. Sometimes I don't even realize I'm doing it either, especially if I'm sitting down to read or watch TV, my hand almost automatically begins to scratch at my scalp, sometimes until it bleeds. I feel like things are just getting worse and I've almost given up hope in having normal skin like other people. One day, I would love to be able to go out in something sleeveless or to even feel confident enough to wear a short-sleeve t-shirt. But, I've picked at my arms so much that I look like I've had chicken pox. I'm just so tired of hiding it and I'm so ashamed that I just can't get it under control. I'm already on anti-depressants for a panic disorder, but it hasn't helped much with my picking problem, so I know the only way I'm going to fix this is if I can somehow keep my fingers away from my skin. I don't really have the money for a therapist nor do I feel comfortable asking my GP for a referral. So, that's why I'd love to know if any of you out there have been successful in stopping your compulsion to pick on your own and if so, how did you do it?.