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mel_n , 26 Dec 2012

Mild Skin Picking

I've recently discovered dermatillomania. I always thought that what I did was normal, that everyone picked their skin to some degree.I i don't (usually) pick until I bleed, but when I do pick I feel an overwhelming sense of relief, almost like smoking a cigarette when you need one. When I recently traveled to New Zealand, and I was around people in the hostel constantly and couldn't pick my toes, I felt anxiety, but not enough to seriously bother me. When I found myself alone, I would pick, and it would satisfy me, but it didn't occupy my thoughts when I couldn't. I'm wondering if this is common? Can people have the urge, and the sense of satisfaction when they finally get to pick, but not have actual dermatillomania?

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