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tiffanylynn55 , 15 Jan 2013


I have been picking for nearly as long as I can remember. Lately, it has gotten out of control. I mostly pick at my upper thighs and but. When I had my children, I noticed the pores on my breasts getting larger, and began to pick at them as well. Last week, I was in a staff meeting with my entire department, and picked at a mole on my neck the entire time until it became red and bloody. When I got home, my husband, sister and father ridiculed me for it. I picked at another mole on my wrist that day, too. The mark on my neck has made my problem apparent to others, now, and it's so horribly embarrassing that I began to google last night. Who knew there was a name for this!? I feel like I'm not crazy any more... and like I'm even crazier than I ever thought I was all at the same time. I pick for hours a day. When I lay down to go to bed at night, I pick until I fall asleep. I realize it's been hours that I've been picking and I've been in a trance the whole time. It's so crazy! I really do not know why I do it. I used to pick at my head, but I was getting ridiculed for that, so I kind of moved on to my legs/but so that people wouldn't pick on me for it any more. I am happy to know that there is a reason for this, and a name for it, but afraid that I'll never be able to stop. I'm really hoping that today will be the first day of the rest of my life, but I found myself picking at my ear in a meeting today and at my legs when I sat on the toilet. Ugh! If only I could stop doing this!!
1 Answer
goal orientated
January 24, 2013
Hi. Good luck in your attemps to reduce and hopefully quit. Noticing that you're in a trance and suddenly pulling away is the first goal. It takes months to train yourself in to stopping entirely. But you do it as it is habitual. Habits caaaan be broken, but you must persvere every time you fail. X

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