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marae , 29 Dec 2011

Hi, I'm new to this forum!

I can't remember when I started or why. But it was at a very young age. I pick my fingers, I cut the nails and peel the skin around them. Sometimes I use my fingers and sometimes I use a nail clipper. It gets so bad sometimes that it actually hurts and they bleed. I would literally be that person who wears band-aids on all of their fingers on both my hands. That's how bad it is. It's not as bad now, but I still do cut them. I have no particular reason to do it. I do it when I feel sad, angry, happy, bored. Whenever I can, I do it. Sometimes I do it without thinking about it. Even when I'm driving sometimes, it's like that scratch you want to itch, but can't. You know? If I'm at a red light I'll cut my fingers because it bothers me if there's a hole in my skin or a piece of skin is peeling off. I honestly thought I was the only person in the world with this problem. I'm always ashamed to show my hands. I'm 20 years old and I've never had long nails in my life. I'm always jealous of girls with pretty, long, healthy nails. I wish mine could be like that. And I have tried. I tried not to cut them but that only lasted maybe a day. I've also tried those liquid nail polishes that claim to grow your nails. Nothing worked. I never told my doctor because I was too afraid to. Only one doctor has ever noticed my nails but I brushed it off and she left me alone, so I figured it wasn't a big deal. Oh and I do it on my toes too, not only my fingers. But that's the only skin I cut/peel. But it's good to know other people have this problem too! I'm Marie, btw. Nice to meet you all!
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January 03, 2012
Hi Marie, I'm new here too! Thanks for sharing your story with us. You are so young! I'm 46 and have stopped picking at times but I can tell you it's tied to stress and someone else pointed out it may be connected to what she eats - like sugar or chocolate and soda - which makes sense cause it amps up your body. I pick all over and I hate it. I thought i was the only one who did it too and I'm so glad I found this forum, to know that others pick, I hate that we have that in common, but it is nice to know we can support one another. good luck to you! I'm Gina by the way!

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