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wordsworth , 13 Apr 2009

Finding this site has given me hope

Hi everyone,I'm so glad to have come across this site.As others have said elsewhere I thought I was the only one with this problem.I have been picking at my face since I was a teenager with acne and that was years ago - I'm now 45 years old and still at it, - to realize I am not alone is liberating and helps enormously, it has given me new hope as I must admit I have been getting quite desperate lately due to a lot of setbacks recently which has caused me to fall into a viscious circle of anxiety/picking,and am now living as a virtual recluse but I'm determined to get get my life back with the support of you fellow sufferers.Feel free to email me as talking with someone who really understands what you are going through is a great help.
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April 15, 2009
Pickarella This is my first time on this site. I was surfing the web and decided to type in "Skin Picking"...Now, I never dreamed in a million years that anyone else in this entire world had this same problem I have. Is it really true, am I not the weirdo I thought for many, many years. I could not understand "WHY"...Why I pick my face the way I do, and why I can't stop despite verbally saying to those closest to me...."I'm going to stop, this is the last time!" Wow, how many times have I said that (and I'm no just referring to face picking:). I have picking my face (really badly) for over 15 years. I am almost 30 (June) and this the worst my face has ever looking my life time. I have over 25 scabs all over my face right now. The funny part is they started out as little black heads. My big kick out of picking is watching and hearing a pimple pop. 90% of mine DON'T do that, so I squeeze and squeeze and squeeze......and all I get is a lot of blood and then a scab. Well, I don't stop there, it's off to destroy my face more, by picking at the scab. I can't stop. Now, I have been addicted to "many" different things in my lifetime (that's for another website), but never have I had the difficult task of stopping this compulsion. I came to this site seeking wisdom, experience, tips, support and advise. I'm so glad to hear there are others out there with my same problem. It is so bad at this point that I don't want to leave the house because I am so embarressed. I see my shrink next week. Since I never knew that this had a name and doctors have acknowledged it as a real OCD that has multiple treatment options. I never mentioned it to him before, because I thought he would just say, keep your hands off your face and you will be just fine. Ever heard that one before? Well, I'm glad I'm hear, and I hope that I can watch and learn from all you.

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