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soccer88 , 16 Oct 2012

Picking down there

Ever since I can remember I have picked my private part and all around it, my arm pits, and around my nails. I used to pick my face but have reduced that to a minimum but I didn't think much of it till my recent relationship but I was asked why and told that I need to deal with whatever it was that made me start. I talked to a therapist about it but didn't really get anywhere. It is embarrassing and I want to stop. I went a long period of time without doing it but went right back in. How can I find out when it started and where do I go from there?
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October 16, 2012
I remember when I started picking, but I think there are lots of people out there who don't remember. I don't know if it's vital to know the exact time you started, but more so to know why you still pick now. A lot of us pick out of anxiety, depression, loneliness, or a feeling of rejection. Maybe your reason is one (or more) of those, or something else. But knowing your "triggers"--what makes you want to pick--is one way of starting to truly heal. Don't give up on therapy--there is someone out there who you can trust who can really help you. Think of it as shopping around. Keep trying different people until you find a therapist who understands you and knows about skin picking. My biggest tip is to make a plan to quit, and stick to it. Give yourself a system of rewards for not picking, and make a plan of what you'll do when you feel the urge to pick. Good luck, and keep healthy!

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