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Aetheric , 23 Jan 2009

The Demon has a name

I didn't know it was called dermatillomania. It was just a thing I'd do unconsciously. I'd never even think about it - it's a compulsion, after all. It never occurred to me that it's a real compulsive disorder, that other people get it as well. So I've been there. I'm a 27 year old successful career woman - married, as well, to a loving husband. I've been doing this all my life. My fingers have bled frequently when I tear at the skin too much. The tops of my fingers don't have any fingerprint anymore, because I tear at them too much and the skin is always in the process of healing. I've tried a lot of things to stop, and nothing really works. So now I'm starting over from the beginning. This is like any other compulsion. Take it one hour at a time, one day at a time, as long as it takes. I've got to stop. I'm tired of my hands hurting. It has a name - it can be beaten.
4 Answers
January 23, 2009
I hope you beat this, I just found out not to long ago and I tried to stop. Within the 3rd day I was eating my hands...But I think if we have someone to do it with we can do it! Tara B Stay Strong! Hope is not the closing of your eyes to the difficulty, the risk, or the failure. It is trust that- If I fail now - I shall not fail forever; and if I am hurt, I shall be healed . It is trust that Life is good.
January 23, 2009

In reply to by tarab

I think I'm going slightly crazy already. It's been two hours since I last went at my hands. I keep having to stop myself from even moving my fingers, because I know I'm just about to start doing it unconsciously. But I WILL do this - we CAN do this, even if it's an hour at a time or a day at a time.
January 27, 2009
I'm also tired of my fingers feels like my nails are being pulled out, sometimes, as much as they have separated from the nail bed due to hours and hours of picking. Occasionally they ache so much that I have trouble buttoning clothes or lighting cigarettes, etc.... I've got to stop, also. I'm sick of it all, but it's so tempting, and so satisfying. What an evil....

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