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gingersnap , 09 Oct 2008

What if I don't want to stop? Am I sick?

I recently found this site. In fact, I recently found out that I have dermatillomania. I've always had picking compulsions. I pick at my nail beds, my nails, my toenails, and my hands. I've had this thing I call "crisping" since before I can even remember... basically I take my middle or pointer fingernail and scrape it against the side of my thumb, picking off skin. I also take small scraps of rolled up fabric and scrape them alongside my middle finger, making calluses, which I then bite off. Just a few months ago I began getting obsessed with cutting off the dead/dry skin on the bottom of my feet. Everyone tells me that it's weird... my boyfriend wants me to stop because he thinks that I'm hurting myself. The thing is, it doesn't really hurt. In fact, I love it. It's a comforting thing. I feel like if I get rid of it I'll be losing a part of my ability to calm myself down. Is it wrong that I don't want to stop and I don't think that this behavior is that strange? The only thing that bothers me is when people ask questions about why my thumbs are raw..
2 Answers
October 28, 2008
it is comforting, true. but dont you get tired of the comments from others. i never thought i would stop but i have. its a miracle. i got help from a psychologist. it was the best thing i have done for myself. i pick one stop. i have all the scares to remind me. now its only been a couple of weeks but it feels great. its like i dont even miss picking which seems really strange for me to say. you want to stop. you just dont know how to deal with those interfering feelings. think about why? something happen in your past? thats what my problem was. people around you will never understand. maybe your boyfriend doesnt even understand. my husband didnt. its scary to give up something youve done for so damn long. dont give up trying to stop. you wont regret it. Freeasever
December 07, 2008
i know what you mean... its kind of like a hobby i think. i love cutting the skin off my feet it feels kinda cool and its not like it hurts at all. i don't think its bad; the only reason you should stop is if it starts affecting you in any way.

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