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Hi everyone, my name is Heather and as the title says, I'm new to this forum. I'm 27 years old and I live in Tulsa, Ok. I have been picking since I was 13 but only recently got the courage to get a formal diagnosis. I pick my fingers, targeting my thumbs and pointer fingers. In high school it was much worse than it is now, my fingers would be raw and bleeding down to the first knuckle and sometimes past that. I can actually remember the day that I first noticed the picking. It was in 8th grade in math class and I was spacing out and looked down and there was pile of skin on my desk and my fingers were bleeding. I have been prescribed Zoloft (to help with picking and for generalized anxiety disorder) and I will begin cognitive behavior therapy in a few weeks. I wanted to join this forum for support and to also potentially help others. My therapist told me that stopping picking will be the hardest thing I've ever done and it would be great to have the support of people who understand because no one around me truly understands.