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October 06, 2008

I'm so sorry for your situation. I just found this website today and am also so relieved to see that there are others like me. It's helps, some. It wasn't until I read your story about the Elmer's glue that I remembered doing that myself when I was a kid! I would smear it all over the palms of my hands, let dry, and then peel it off. It felt so good. I guess maybe that's where the finger picking started? Not sure. But I do know the glue peeling never hurt, and this finger picking does, bad. We both need help with this problem, I hope we can find it soon. Good luck to you!

October 10, 2008

I'm really sorry as well, and I also remember how satisfying it was peeling glue off! I really think it is satisfying to feel in control, to feel you're tidying things up (even if pulling your skin off makes things worse). If it makes you feel less bad about yourself, I think it is totally understandable that when you were in a horribly stressful, distressing situation the only thing you could think about was picking. If picking comforts you then you probably felt that you needed it when you were also trying to hold it together for your friend. I've just decided to tell myself that this is what I do when I'm under a lot of stress, it's part of who I am, and I pretty much like who I am. I focus on getting my life back together and tell myself that when my head is in a better place, I won't need to pick. If I try and stop myself right now, that'll be an extra pressure and I'll feel more stressed. I hope this helps.