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ansiedad , 23 Apr 2014

Story of my life

I've been picking my skin since I'm 12. In less than two months, I'll be turning 24. I pick my arms, my back, my face, and my nipples. I want to stop it but I don't know how. I've been dealing with this shit for too long... I am getting sick of it. I feel powerless. It's like my mind was using me as a puppet and making me do this without me wanting to do it, but being conscious at the same time. I have OCD and skin picking is not the only compulsive behavior that I have had. Not to mention my thoughts... Sleep paralysis is at the order or the day. And, last but not least, last month I had a sort of hallucination. I do not enjoy life anymore. In fact, I do not know if I ever had. I hope to have a better and healthier life someday. Luckily, writing this post and releaving myself by talking to you guys would be the first step for me to change my way to live life and the way I see the world around me. Sorry for my English, I am not a native as you may have noticed already. If any of you have already stop picking yourselves or if you feel we can help each other somehow, please let a message below this post! I wish you all a good day!
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April 25, 2014
Wow, sounds like me. I've been picking since I was 13. I started with my face, back and chest. Now I'm 28 years old and mostly pick at my scalp, face and sometimes my breasts. I've managed to eliminate other OCD problems I've had but the picking still prevails. I've had a little success covering up the mirror so I can't see my face to pick at it. Sometimes I'll tell myself "Stop!" and walk away or change what I'm doing. I try to occupy myself with other things so I don't pick, but it's hard to stop while I'm stationary (like when I'm watching TV or laying in bed). It gets worse when I'm stressed too. Having a hobby I enjoy helps relieve some stress and keeps my hands busy, I like painting. Overall, these things have helped me pick less but then I'll have a bad day and I find myself doing it again. My mom always says " don't be your disease". Don't let it define you, live your life.

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