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shirtyberty , 31 Dec 2011

Should I tell my parents?

I'm 13 and my mum and dad know that I pick my lips and fingers but I don't think they know that I pick my chest, arms and feet. They're going to find out sooner or later anyway, but I try to make sure they don't find out by not going swimming or wearing short sleeves. Should I tell them? What would I say? Thanks :)
1 Answer
January 01, 2012
I was in a bad marriage. I picked at and ate scabs from my scalp. I did this for the last three years. The way I broke this cycle was when I went on an antibiotic for a chest cold! It actually cleared up the infections to the point where they healed. Did that cure me? No, but I have stopped for six months. I remember being in the car one day with my mother, shortly after I had left my husband (he was abusive), and I told her what I did. I didn't tell her that I ate the scabs. Too embarassed. I think telling her was the first step to stopping. I've always been a scab picker. I believe it's due to anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. I think it is also about control. I couldn't control other aspects of my life, but this I could control. Even though it hurts. If that makes any sense. My daughter knew I picked because she'd see me doing it. She got on my case for it because I had bald spots where I had picked so much, and always pulled out hair without trying to. Even when she knew, I still couldn't stop myself. Maybe,your motivation comes from the New Year, maybe it's because your in a new relationship, maybe it's just time! I think you definitely should tell your parents, or a school counselor, or someone else you trust. If you want to get psychological help, there's no shame in asking. You could tell your Mum or Dad (whichever you feel more comfortable with) that you want help,for an issue you have, but that you don't want to be considered a nut. That they can go on this site and see this is not just your problem, but one that many people have. If your afraid to, or not comfortable ... then I think the next best thing is to keep looking for help online. Sometimes just knowing someone else out there has the same dilemma helps. Feel free to contact me. I don't have all the answers, but I can relate and will listen.

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