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hudsonsm , 19 Sep 2012

Yet another breaking point....

I'm almost 31 years old. I suffer from depression, eating disorder, etc. etc. I have been seeing a counselor for almost 5 years. I just recently started seeing a psychiatrist due to post-partum depression and am on 40mg of prozac a day. I have always picked - be it scabs, skin, nose - but over the past 6 weeks it has gotten much worse - to the point where I told my husband I'd be able to use the manicure/pedicure gift certificate he gave me once my skin healed - that was a mother's day present.... now it's september and I see no sign of my skin healing (I pick to the point of pain/blood). I think I get some sort of sick pleasure out of it - and I need to get my "fix" at least a couple times a day. I want to stop, but I don't want to replace it with another habit.... I don't know what to do. I'm scarred beyond belief on my back, my legs and now my toes, heels and fingers are starting to suffer. I want to stop, but I don't know how. Just needed to get all the above off my chest.
2 Answers
September 19, 2012
Hudsonsm, You can get through this, let me ask you a question? If you get pleasure out of picking (which I believe alot of people do) why do you which to completly kick the habit, and not replace it with something else you enjoy that could give you more pleasure and be better for your skin? a new habit like, rather then picking your moisturize, or paint your nails, or replace it with something that keeps your brain busy, sodoku, or cross words, or, you treat your self to a weekly manicure/pedicure, replace it with something that you LOVE doing! that way you wont be tempted to pick any more because your getting pleasure else where? treating your self for your achievements is really useful :) and its good to do things you get pleasure out of, as long as its not damaging you your skin and self esteem. :) All the best :)
September 21, 2012
Hi! Do you talk to your therapist about your picking? I'd hope that he/she would be a great source of positivity and help to quit. If they aren't, maybe it's time for a new one!!! :) There are some great online resources for stopping picking, too, if you search for them. Does your therapist know CBT training? I've heard that can be immensely helpful. For myself, I'm just trying to quit myself for now. There is an online guide that has helped me at : Try their "chill out program." Great suggestions...and it helped me get this far with my healing. Good luck to you! :)

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