Scalp picking, in grizzly detail.


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January 30, 2012

Forgot to mention my fingers sometimes get covered in blood and it really hurts but I can't stop!
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January 31, 2012

I used to to the exact same thing as you, Vicky. I could have written your post. I quit picking at my scalp and haven't in 15 years or so. It was bad in my late 20's - mid 30's. I'm nearly 50 now.
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February 01, 2012

I felt like I could have written this too! Alec79, how on earth did you stop?
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January 30, 2012

I've done many of the same things but I've never considered it as rewarding or a good feeling when I pick. It's always more of me cursing at myself and moving on.
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March 28, 2016

As many ppl have said I could have written this myself. It's good to know you're not alone and weird! I get great satisfaction in it and can't leave a scab if I find it...even in public. It must look so gross but at the time I don't care.
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April 03, 2016

I have the same problem. I think I learned this behavior from my mom who is a picker. In addition to scalp picking, I go after the skin on my face, chest and back.
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May 11, 2016

Hi it relaxes me as I pick at the scab and when I do pull it off my scalp its like a release
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April 13, 2016

I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that is dealing with this problem
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May 11, 2016

I have a sore on my scalp and I catch myself getting do relaxed as I'm picking at it when I pull scab off it's like a release
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May 16, 2016

This is so weird; my name is also Vicky and I'm suffering from the exact same problems--every detail is identical to my experiences except I started excessively scratching when I was in high school, because I DID have dandruff. Long history with depression, anxiety, ADD, cheek chewing, nail biting, picking the skin around my nails, etc. Fingers covered in blood, eating scabs, waiting for them to form again, same mental position and relief from the activity. Only I DO have scar tissue, hair loss and bald spots. Thirteen years of this crap, I wish I could stop forever but the urge to scratch my skin in general is constant and neurotic. My hand always goes back to my scalp because of the pain, stinging, itching... It's becoming obvious now but I still go out in public. I think I might have to start coloring my bald spots with brown eyeshadow to camouflage them... I hope to find help. I want to stop. It's terrible and self perpetuating. I hope you got help and are better now. I have a long way to go yet.
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November 08, 2019

I first learned I wasn’t alone with this problem probably a year or two ago. I went through a lot of childhood trauma, many counselors and psychiatrists (misdiagnosed as depressed, I’m actually bipolar) and have OCD and anxiety like many of you as well. I remember starting to pick when I was about 11, and I’m 23 now and struggle every day. I’ve tried wearing gloves, fidget crap, you name it. Nothing is as satisfying as hearing that crunch of putting pressure on the tiny hairs growing back in on my scalp or picking with my nails. The people I have in my life know about this too, and have tried to help, but it’s no different than an addiction. I go as far as far as using matching eyeshadow to cover up the balding spots that grow back and get torn up again. Luckily I’m good with makeup, and no one would ever notice.. but what matters is that I notice. I’m aware of it. If anyone else has any other tips to try to stop (even simple steps) id love the suggestions. It’s also a great feeling knowing I’m not alone. Best of luck to you all