Hi, I'm new on here, it feels really strange to be typing this. I'm 17 and pick at my arms, and have been for a couple of years, although I've picked at various scabs on my hands since I was tiny. Now my arms are riddled with scars and it's spread to my chest too. I knew what I was doing wasn't normal, but didn't realise until really recently that it was seen as an actual disorder. I was actually facebook stalking someone I don't know, and saw scars like mine next to self harm cuts, then researched it and found this forum.
I came on here to ask if you regard dermatillomania as self harm? And if anyone has any experience with telling teachers (UK), whether they are obliged to contact home if I confided in them as they would be if someone confided they were cutting? I've been speaking to my head of year because I was stressed about exams and have been feeling quite down this year, and she made me speak to a teacher who's in charge of student welfare. I asked them about the terms of student confidentiality, without actually confiding anything at all, but they know there's something up. She said that they have a duty of care, and if a student was at risk of being harmed, i.e through self harm, they would have to contact parents. I think they think I cut though, because I've always worn long sleeves.
It's not that big a deal, but I bet if I told them the school would blow it all out of proportion. I don't know why I want to talk about it.. I just feel so alone in it. I have amazing friends, who I've told it's eczema and they don't doubt that at all. I couldn't make them worry, and couldn't worry my family who have so much else going on at the moment. But especially now that it's summer, and I can't get away with wearing long sleeves, and I've found out that it's a form of OCD, I wish I could talk it through with someone. If I spoke to my GP would she definitely refer me to a psychologist?
I'm sorry this is such a long post. It was so reassuring to see somewhere where people are discussing it, and talking about the same things I feel, cause it feels like such an alien thing, and so separate from normal life where you pretend it doesn't exist. Thanks for taking the time to read this,