I'm 17 years old and since I was 11 I've picked the skin around my nails to a severe extent leading to bleeding and sore fingers. When I was 13 this developed to me picking skin on my arms and more recently my face and legs. I searched google to see if there was a reason for me doing this and Dermatillomania come up. But I'm not sure I have it or if I do not to large extent, as some people seem to sufferer to a larger degree than myself and I'm wondering whether I'm just over reacting to a habit. I want to go the doctor but feel as though so little is known about this that they won't take me seriously especially because of my age. So currently I've self diagnosed myself.
Looking on various sites I've seen that therapy is recommended but I cant afford that but I've also seen that taking a B vitamin inositol is good, has anyone tried this?
I work in a clothes shop and customers have started commenting on my hands.I really want to stop picking and be able to wear nail varnish and short sleeved tops during summer and not have check my fingers for bleeding! Is there any advice or help or even self remedies people have tried?
Sorry if this is too long I've never written on a forum before,
thank you for taking the time to read x