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It's really hard for me to start this topic because I rarely share this problem even with my closest friends and family. I've been picking for 15 years and am now 23 years old. It's time for me to kick this habit. I'm ready for change and I know I can do it. It's hard to get rid of bad habits that you've had most of your life. Picking can be compared to someone with a smoking addiction. I know the triggers now and I even know how to stop, but what baffles me is why? Why do I do it? I'm now in a serious relationship with my boyfriend and he offers me support and in the beginning I made so much progress. I shared my problem with him and a conscious effort to stop by taking down the mirror. And for 2 months I had a clear face (I still had cuts on my legs) and was able to wake up in the morning and go to work without make up. I felt strong and more confident. Now, I just moved into a new apartment and any kind of stressful transition in my life increases my anxiety and stress levels and the picking gets worse and I suffer as a result, but there is no need to suffer. My boyfriend asked me why do I pick? I avoided the question and asked another question. I just don't know why I pick and this frustrates me more than anything else, but isn't it also important to stop rather than worry about the why.