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April 22, 2009

Dear spring_water15, I have been picking since I was about 7 years old, I'm 44 now and I literaly hate myself because i still pick. People who are close to me don't want to know about my problem. They ignore it or deny it, which that does not make this issue any easier. It would be great for you to stop now before it gets out of control more than it is now. As far as therepy is concerned, I made copies of the info from the OCD center web site and took it to my counselor and said this is what I want help with the most. Yes, it was very hard because she is my new counselor and it was only the second time I had met with her. But it was easier to talk to her as a stranger than it is to talk to my own family about picking. It's like they just don't understand and don't want to. They just wish I didn't do it. But it's especialy hard to explain to strangers and new people and new doctors why I have all these scars. Making up stories as to why I have them or how i got them to begin with is just another excuse to avoid the real issue or reasons why we do what we do. I told my counselor I know why I started, It was childhood abuse from my step-father and my brother. But that's in the past (post traumatic stress disorder) I want to just stop picking I don't care what caused it, I just want to stop. My counselor was very open to researching more about my disorder and to help me find ways to cope with my stress and anxiety. I hope you can learn to control this before you get to be my age. Good Luck. I wish the best for you.