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amber89 , 14 Feb 2011


I can't remember when I started, I think it was when I was really young. I'm only a freshman in high school and I desperately want to quit! I know what i'm doing is wrong but no matter what I do I just can't stop! I'm ashamed to even look at my legs and arms, they are covered in small, round purple scars and fresh open wounds. Everyone asks me how I get them and I just come up with an excuse because it's too embarrassing to tell the truth. My knees hurt so bad but no matter how intense the pain (both mentally and physically) I just can't stop. Please help me!
6 Answers
February 15, 2011
i totally can relate i have the same problem. i cant help bitting my thumbs. maybe we should try to stop together and keep each other posted on our progress:)
February 20, 2011

In reply to by Shay_123

That sounds like a good idea. I was doing good for about a week (last week). The scabs developed and I was very proud but last night I wasn't even thinking and I started to pick. Sometimes it just feels so hopeless!
March 23, 2011

In reply to by Shay_123

Sorry, I haven't kept you posted. I recently came down with a bad case of staph infection with then spread to each open sore on my body (which was a lot due to my picking.) It took about 2 weeks to go away after taking the antibiotics but it was awful. I don't know if it was just that experience alone but something snapped and my legs look 100 times better! They are now covered in purple scars but at least they have healed. I still have a few open sores on my legs and arms but I am recovering! I also recently had a break from sports and started up dancing which relieved a lot of stress so I didn't feel the same urge to pick as a month ago. I have some ideas for stopping if you would like to hear them. How are you doing? Please reply, I would love to hear about any progress you have made :)
February 16, 2011
I would advise seeking professional help sooner rather than later. Other than my lips and cuticles, my main picking "playground" has almost always been my scalp. Because the marks aren't visible, I've never really had to deal with the outward shame or embarassment of explaining myself to people and, as a result, I never considered my problem to be a big deal. I have picked for literally as long as I can remember. I recall my stepmom telling me, while I was in kindergarten, that if I didn't stop biting and picking at my lips, I'd bleed to death. I'm now 28. For years my picking stayed at a certain "manageble" level. I rarely made myself bleed and could usually stop myself when in certain company or situations. I'd never considered that things could get BAD. Then, all of a sudden, about a year ago, my picking started to escalate. It went to my feet and my neck. My scalp, where for years I'd always have 2-3 "spots" that I constantly picked at, was now being ravaged. Seriously, I think my hair is now thinning due to how much I pick at my scalp. And I pick ALL of it. I'm really not trying to tell you this to scare you, but there are treatments available and you should activily start exploring them because, at least in my experience, this problem doesn't just go away. No matter how scary or embarassing, you should tell your parents (if you haven't already) and urge them to help you find a professional that can work with you to overcome this compulsion. The good news is that other people have successfully stopped. And the bottom line is that if one person can do it, you can do it. They did it through a combination of therapies that worked for them and there's a method out there that will work for you too.
February 16, 2011
I started very early in life. I am now 50 & still picking & eating my skin. My finger tips are the worst. I just started on the palm of my hands a few weeks ago...I can't stop..I make my fingers bleed & I don't stop.I'm always looking for loose skin to pull on..I use finger nail clippers to get more skin off...I feel like a fool...I'm picking while I type...I used to pick my heels till I could not walk...Thank God I have not picked on my feet in a long time... ...I didn't know others did this too...My Mother always picked but not near as bad as I do now..I live in New Orleans,Louisiana & need to find help for this !!!

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