Thank you so much for this website. While everyone likes to feel special sometimes, I am so relieved to find that I'm not alone in this problem. I'm 30 years old and have been picking at my fingers (nail area) for at least 15 years. As I type this I can see the sores on my fingers from recent picking. Sometimes I am aware of what I'm doing, but just unable to stop, other times I catch myself doing it completely unaware. It's horribly embarrasing. Even more so now that I have a job that requires me to meet with customers. It's so painful, when I'm picking and after. My nails look terrible. Some family & friends have noticed the problem and it's usually the same response "Why do you do that?! Stop!!" I wish. I try to hide it as much as possible, but it's hard since your hands are usually out in the open. The only remedy I have found are artificial (acrylic) nails. For some reason these make me stop completely. I just don't care for the look of acrylic nails, and it gets quite expensive. I have an appointment with my regular doctor coming up in a couple of months (yearly exam) and am considering talking to him about the problem, but knowing me I'll change my mind out of embarrasment. It's just so hard to talk about it, and explain why I keep doing this to myself, because I don't even know. Anyway, thanks for having this site, and thanks for listening. Here's hoping to a solution soon.