QUESTION: please help. . . I have face ,scab,scalp,lip, dead skin,acne picked all my life. I need help to quit but have very little money to receive help. Are there any free services or case studies that i can apply for?
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ANSWER: Treatment for picking is very specialized, so it is hard to get serious help in many areas. Add in a small budget and the search is even harder. There are sometimes research studies both of drugs and psychological techniques, but they are rare and you usually need to be in the same location. Keep in mind that the researchers give priority to their needs not yours, so be realistic if you participate. http://trich.org is a good way to know what studies are available. They also have workshops, books, and other programs at modest cost.
Ted A. Grossbart, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA