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MissLizzy , 02 Apr 2009

Just to introduce myself and get some help! ~ finger picker

Hi everyone! My name is Lizzy and I'm 19 from England. I only just started looking for this as I thought I was the only person to have this thing! Turns out it's a dissorder and I'm not alone! Yay! Just to warn you first, this account might be triggering... so sorry!! Anyhoo, so this is my story and I'd totally love to find out if anyone else has had the same experiences! I've been this way since I was about 8 actually, which is what scares me most. don't really know why I started picking but the fact is, I did. My mum used to bite the cuticles in the very corner of her nails and it makes me wonder if seeing her do it (she used to bite her nails too) is what triggered me. I used to bite my nails, and I stopped that at a similar time to when I started picking actually. For me, it started with picking at the puffy bits of skin where the nail comes out over the finger tip. I still hate this if it gets puffy, but over time I started picking off and sometimes eating (is that really gross? Do any of you guys do that??) the skin on the pads of my fingers and then all the way down to the middle knuckle on the finger. Just on the inside of hand. I managed to stop for a long time and a lot of the skin grew back, but within recent month I've started up again and there's no real reason as to why. I also do the balls of my feet and the tips of my big toes. I'll cut away the skin in big chunks using nail clippers. They have a purfect curved shape and do the job. The thing is now, because I've been doing it for so long, the skin on my fingers grows back really hard and it's so gross. what's worse is people notice it and I have to make up such dumb lies, like, I knocked the kettle over and scalded my hands as I cought it. PLUS I'm taking my degree to be a costume designer at the moment, and it's affecting m in that pushing a needle through thick fabric is very difficult or very painful, which isn't great news for my profession!! I'd LOVE to hear from anyone who has a similar story, or who knows of how I can get help to stop! Today my fingers are so red, they look like they've been scaled!! It's horrid and I really want to stop! xoxoxoxoxoxox Lizzy
2 Answers
April 02, 2009
One other thing, I have OCD too which doesn't help matters!!
April 03, 2009

In reply to by MissLizzy

Yeah, some of the same stories here. I'm about to be 23 and have been picking my thumbs since at least Kindergarten, which was when I first realized I needed to stop. I also seem to have gotten it from my mom, who has nibbled at the insides of her cheeks and lips my whole life. (We make fun of her for it.) I do that to a lesser extent too, but usually I forget about it because picking my thumbs keeps me occupied. It initially started at my thumb cuticles, but then the picking spread down the sides of my thumbs, on the side facing me, and they just get red and kind of raw and basically embarrassing. There have been so many times I have tucked my thumbs inside my fist to hide it... And I've never told anyone, but my mom saw it once and told me I really needed to stop. It actually helped for a while too. The longest I've gone without picking was probably a month, but then school stresses return and I inevitably start doing it again. Now I have new inspiration to quit for good because I saw a classmate doing it the other day and it actually grossed ME out, as if it's not as gross when I do it! Needless to say, discovering this website was amazing to me and hopefully will give me the ammo I need to stop this thing. I saw a suggestion to play with koosh balls or silly putty, so I've been playing with silly putty all day today. It really works since my problem seems to be keeping my hands occupied. When I'm reading or sitting in class and my fingers get bored, that's when I usually start to pick. So the silly putty is a miracle worker. It's weird though because when I don't have it now I can physically feel the urge to pick, like my thumbs feel hot and tingly and it's sooo tempting, so I have to use all my willpower to refrain. I think I can relate it to my eating habits too, because I pride myself on being thin and having good willpower, but it's like I fail in other places of life...

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