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bloodysc , 28 May 2013

Sore Picker

I do not create new sores but pick the sores I have. I pick mostly at night before a shower. I peel the scabs, eat them, and lick the blood. Please tell me I am not alone.
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May 28, 2013
You are not alone. This has been my behavior for years. My journey to begin to battle my habit of 15 years has been began 2 months ago and has gone like this: individual therapy at a low cost/sliding scale fee clinic, group therapy on cognitive behavioral therapy (relapse prevention focus) at same low cost clinic, at least one 12 step meeting a day (replacing the addiction they talk about with "compulsive skin picking"), journaling about my picking before during or after it happens, as soon as I can, and picking up the phone before picking. The latter is always the hardest one to do. I'm on day 16 of "abstinence" which to me means actively working to change this habit. I picked today, about a half hour ago. The difference is that today I pick for 0 to 20 minutes a day, not for hours like I used to. Another difference is I have gone 7 or 8 days with no picking at all, something I had considered impossible before. Another area of progress is my feelings about the compulsion: today I know I don't have to do this perfectly right away, or ever. My skin picking is rooted in perfectionism so I now see that expecting or demanding perfection of my abstinence from picking would defeat the purpose of trying to become more gentle with myself and less judgmental about my behaviors. I highly recommend this illuminating interview: Best of luck and keep us posted on your progress. You are definitely not alone! Rosa
May 29, 2013

In reply to by rosa111

TY for your response. So I have been battling this for 30 years and I am now 33. Each day I wake and tell myself that I am not going to pick today. Then I pick something, I tell myself then that I should just pick everything else since I already messed up for the day. Tonight, for instance, my 2 1/2 year old had a major melt down at bedtime. After she calmed and went to sleep, I found myself in my bathroom picking every sore I have which numbers 12 sores. I have been clearing underbrush around my property and have acquired many cuts in the past few weeks. Of course now they all look like circles where I have picked so much. Some times I pick when mad, sad, or stressed. Sometimes I find myself picking for no reason at all. Any helpful hints. I know I need therapy but I am not there yet.

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