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I first started picking when I was very young because I was a curious child and wanted to see what my scabs looked like underneath and up close, what they tasted like (I eat my scabs as well), etc. Without really realizing it, I began picking every scab I could find. After all these years, even when I went through a bout of depression, I never deliberately cut or ripped smooth skin, only picking at pimples, mosquito bites, eczema, and the scabs that the breaking of these leaves behind. Not only that, but I pick and scratch at the bumps and blemishes of OTHER PEOPLE like my mom and younger brother. Whenever I see someone with a pimple I always have the strongest urge to have a go at it. My best friend and parents have taken over the past few years to slapping my hand whenever I pick at myself unconsciously. A few times, my mom has expressed concern that the picking is a self harm thing, but I tell her that it is not. The community's thoughts?