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purplebunny , 18 Nov 2010

Does anyone worry that...

Basically, I know that picking is a symptom of underlying issues/problems e.g. OCD, stress, depression. Does anyone else worry that if they can actually manage to stop picking, and heal their skin, their underlying issues will manifest themself in a different way? Does anyone put off stopping picking because of this thought?
3 Answers
November 18, 2010
That has never occured to me but after picking for so long I sometimes wish I had a different type of problem instead of skin picking. I don't really want another problem to replace my picking but sometimes it crosses my mind when I see people who look perfect and they either smoke or drink alcohol and seem perfectly happy and content with those addictions. I just work every day to cut out every addictive habit out of my life, I haven't drank alcohol in a few years, I never really smoked, quit eating junk food and candy, haven't had soda in forever. I think quitting all these things are important to quitting my skin picking because they're all repetive things with all the addictive sugar and salt added to them. I think quitting these things will also prevent me to developing a new problem after I get over picking because I won't be dependent on any addictive fix.
November 19, 2010
Yes, I worry about this ever since my therapist suggest that could happen. I don't feel like I would personally become a substance abuser, but it's likely that i'd manifest it into pulling out my hair or something instead.
November 23, 2010

In reply to by bloodyfingers

It wouldn't be substance use or drinking or smoking for me. I remember at primary school I used to chew pen lids really badly and stopped because everyone thought it was disgusting. That was before I started picking. Maybe I just need to learn to get rid of my stress in healthy ways to stop picking and avoid starting up some other habit i.e solve the cause of the problem...

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