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Ellierda , 13 Feb 2013

finger picking

I have been picking my thumbs and fingers for as long as I can remember. The worst is my thumbs and middle fingers. I used to do it until they bled, but have toned it down to just red and sensitive alot. I've lost my fingerprints on my middle finger as well. I work as a massage therapist and the damage to my hands in career threatening. I've tried to stop, but 90% of the time I am completely unaware that I am doing it and if I see that little piece of skin sticking out or not smooth it drives me crazy. I also have to keep my hands moving all the time. Does this sound familiar to anyone or do you know any tricks that help? Much appreciated.
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February 13, 2013
I have also picked at my fingertips, usually around my nails for years. Lately it seems to have increased to being almost unbearable. I will have strong reseolve to stop and I really want to but feel helpless to the strength of the habit. My fingers bleed and ache so bad at night from a day of picking. They look horrible but I cannot seem to stop. I also can pick at my split ends for hours and if I try and stop either habit, I will start biting at the sides of my inner cheeks... Ive decided to start research and do anything necessary to get control of this so I ended up here...

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