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I've been skin picking for 20 years. Over the years I've scalp picked, scab/excema picked and finger picked. I'm now predominately left with picking the skin on my fingers. My thumbs have callouses and the rest of my fingers are starting too now, on the left side of my distal-interphalangael joint. I hate being this way so imagine my shock when I find out I am not alone!! For years I didn't speak of what I did, hid what I did, dismissed what I did and thought I was a freak. I've become quite clever about my skin pick. I rarely make my fingers bleed, I just move on to the next one. So anyway, after much soul searching I knew I needed to stop, I've known this for years. I've read lots of tips on these forums and the internet and I tried to work out for me why I did it. I've not quite worked it all out but there is something about wanting to remove imperfections on my fingers plus I've been doing it so long I mostly do it without even realising. YESTERDAY I GAVE UP. Seriously. Willpower works for me, I developed a couple of my own CBT techniques. I have not skin picked for 44 hours now and I don't intend to start again. I am really not sure if this is going to work but I've taken control like this in other areas of my life (ie weight) and it has worked. I'm also dealing with alot right now and I feel like I'm seeing life in a new way, I was diagnosed with cancer last month so maybe this isn't the right time to 'quit' but I'm going to try. Wish me luck!