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I simply couldn't believe the amount of people who pick at their skin like I do. For nearly 20 years, since I was six, I've been picking my skin. Convinced it was some type of skin disease, my mom took me to doctors and dermatologists before she gave up and just told me to quit the bad habit. I couldn't "just quit" when I was six, and here I am today. I didn't even know the term "dermatillomania" existed until last night when I found this website. I had no idea what I was doing was considered a psychological issue. I didn't know that my compulsive picking went beyond just a bad habit. Most importantly, I had no idea I wasn't alone. I'm on this forum writing to whoever will listen because I haven't told anyone in my life yet. I'm sure they've all noticed my sometimes-absentminded, sometimes-conscious picking, and I'm sure they'll be supportive, but I just need to work up to it; I need to be confident I can make this change. So I'm on here, telling random strangers I'll never meet, because I know they'll understand. Thanks for listening! Your stories are inspirational, and I no longer feel like I'm all alone with my bad "freaky" habit.