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Hi everyone, I'm a eighteen year old, female, scalp picker since I was around eight years old. I was reading along a couple other forums and found that many other people pick different parts of there body. I hate the fact that I do it, I feel like its such a bad habit, I'm destroying my scalp and I think its probably the biggest turn off to. I try so hard not to, but then I just get overwhelmed with the feeling that I need to scratch and I do. I have even moved onto my legs and arms, and anywhere I have a blemish, which I've already left permit marks. I'm graduating high school in a week from now, I have to wear my hair down at my graduation out of fear of ruining it when its up from my compulsive picking. For example, I have a scab at the base of my neck in my hair line that I have compulsively picked at for about 5 months know, I haven't let it heal, I can't, as soon as I try to, I pick at it again. Its almost like I get relief from scratching, but I don't want to, because I hate it, as I mentioned earlier and I just want to STOP. Not to mention, I want to stop before university in September. I just want to know, what have you all done to stop your picking or can you recommend anything to help me stop? Is picking or OCD hereditary and could this possibly be a sign of myself having OCD? (My mother and brother both have OCD, but they aren't pickers) Why am I picking?!?!? I don't understand why I get this overwhelming urge to do it!