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I am 18, and I don't remember the first time I started picking. I finally Googled my problem after working past the shame and found this site. I usually pick at the skin on my feet, since that is usually where my skin dries out first, but I have always been known to pick at scabs and any form of blemish on my skin. I've picked so much through out my life that I'm covered in scars. Anytime I got a bug bite, I would scratch them till they bled and scabbed over, then peel off the scabs. I would sometimes peel so much that the bites would turn into these huge open wounds and my mother would get really worried. This happened a lot when I was little, but since then I have worked really hard to not pick at scabs anymore. I think for 7 or 8 years now, I have been peeling the skin off my feet and biting the sides of my fingernails and peeling the skin from there as well. I've had a pretty normal life, but it has been stressful, and lately, I've been very stressed and noticed an increase in my habits. Actually, for the past hour or so, I have been peeling off all the skin on the heel of my foot. When I run out of dead skin, I grab an exacto knife or a razor blade and dig in under the skin so I can peel thicker, bigger pieces off. I don't really have a satisfied feeling until I get those really thick chunks of skin. The little dry pieces used to be good, but now I feel nothing when I peel them and I'm scared my habit is getting more serious. My friend has GAD and depression, so I am very familiar with psychological remedies, but I'm scared of telling my parents or any of my friends. I'm afraid they will think I'm a freak. Even though I'm ashamed, I feel like my problem isn't really a problem and that I'm being dramatic. I just want someone that understands to talk to and maybe give me coping tips.