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heavymetalfan , 18 Feb 2011

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So, I'm sure most days, after the pickin's are slim (literally) we all feel like we just want to stop NOW. We may feel that we have it within us to do so, but once they heal over, we don't hesitate to stop ourselves from starting the cycle over again, and if we do hesitate, it feels that much better once we start picking. Well, I'm sick of this. As a proclamation to not only myself, but the world, I WILL STOP THIS TIME! I am about to go to bed so I can get up early enough for my therapy appointment, but I will thoroughly cleanse my face, apply antibiotic ointment, and wear a hat so I won't be tempted to pick my forehead. If I need to leave it on til I heal, then so be it! Expect an update every day for the next 21 days from me. I want to share my journey, and while I can't say whether or not I will relapse, the only viable mental option I have is to say that I will NOT pick! My biggest reason for stopping is that there's a chance I'm pregnant. Also, I saw Dr. Oz talk about the "triangle of death" which is the area of your nose and middle face that extends to your lips- picking these areas are the most dangerous since your body easily picks up infections from sores and poking and prodding them. If anyone wants to join me, please please join me!!! :D
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February 18, 2011
P.S. - A word of advice- never assume you are completely "cured" of dermatillomania. While months or years can go by without picking- I can attest to this- if you let your guard down you WILL relapse. Plan to make permanent lifestyle changes that will benefit you in the long term; acknowledge that you will ALWAYS have a predisposition to wanting to pick. Just don't let it get the best of you! I still plan on being active in the forums, even once I am healed. This site is great, and I would feel so alone without it!!!

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