Why we pick - Theory


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September 25, 2011

*caused
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October 04, 2011

Update! ~~ I've been able to once again begin the process to recovery. I've been stopping myself when I start to pick at my face, scalp, etc., and I'm proud of myself.
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October 11, 2011

congratulations. You are right to feel proud of any occasion you manage to pull yourself out of it. working on it but not managing that myself at the moment :-(
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September 27, 2011

Agreed! But it's so hard to identify where some of the anxiety is coming from and realizing the emotional triggers
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September 30, 2011

Indeed, it is hard to nail down the picking triggers. I believe I've found mine. Strike that, I KNOW I've found my triggers. I'm just scared to face it, or scared to face it alone. I've been using my picking as a crutch to maintain my own sanity, but facing both problems is stressful. (Both the cause of the picking and the picking itself.) Whenever you realize you're picking, stop and think about what you were thinking about before you started picking your skin. Try thinking about it for 10-15 minutes, and make sure you consciously remind yourself not to pick your skin. Right now i'm having to remind myself not to scratch my scalp. It seems one of my triggers is thinking about picking or my addiction. GO FIGURE. x)
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October 07, 2011

One of my problems is sometimes I pick when I'm bored or just hanging around watching tv. Most my lips though and that's usually when I zone out. How can I identify the triggers for that when all I'm doing is sitting watching tv or reading a book with out a care in the world. I doubt there's anxiety connected to relaxing and watching tv.
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October 08, 2011

Hmm. When you catch yourself picking while zoning out in front of the TV, really observe what you're watching. That might have something to do with it. I've noticed when I'm relaxed, I scratch my head. Whether I'm reading, on the internet, etc. I've noticed this. I have yet to find why it's my default habbit, though.
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September 28, 2011

I completely agree. Right now, my stress is coming in the form of a 5-page paper, due tomorrow. I've spent the last 45 minutes picking my arms and face rather than start it. I feel absolutely horrible.
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October 04, 2011

I have had a LOT of luck with the amino acid N-acetyl cysteine, which is sometimes sold as N-acetyl L-cysteine, for my 11-year-old daughter who severely picks her skin (arms and legs). I'm hoping that everyone on this group will check it out. We started out at 1200mg each day, 600mg in the morning and 600mg in the evening. Then we worked up to 2400mg, 1200 mg in the morning and 1200 mg in the evening, within about 3 or 4 weeks. The study that was done in 2009 showed the best results were after 9 weeks of continuous treatment with this amino acid, also just known as NAC. We saw great results after 6 weeks. Please consider trying it. I am not a doctor, so please weigh out the risks for yourself. It has truly been a godsend. My daughter used to pick to the point of staph infections. She has scars all over her body. It works by regulating the URGE to pick. You can download the summary text of the 2009 study on this website - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19581567. The study was for hair-pulling, but skin-picking and nail-biting result from similar sets of urges.
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October 09, 2011

for me, anxiety levels have very little correlation with picking. What they are finding out is that a lot of cases of picking and hair pulling originate in the same place in the brain as does drug, alcohol and gambling addictions. Dr. Grant and Dr. Kim at the University of Minnesota are having good success in treating skin picking with drugs they use to treat drug and alcohol addiction.
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October 11, 2011

Do you know what drugs they are using?