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hanhan , 10 Jul 2014

positive ending?

I've picked at myself for as long as I can remember. I'm finally tired of it. I saw my doctor (zoloft made it worse). I was referred to a psychiatrist and also see a therapist. I feel like they all think it's a habit that I can just quit if I want. Does anyone actually ever really quit??
5 Answers
July 11, 2014
I've realized over my 20 years of skin picking that the simple way to stop it is to practice "self control." For me, I can't deal with a pimple and feel like I must eradicate it. But...if I had some self control, I would let nature do its work and heal it. After all, typically I make a much bigger mess of my skin than if I just left it alone! Crazy right? I DO think that seeing a psychiatrist is a great idea as they could provide some cognitive behavioral therapy.
July 17, 2014
Hey, I have gotten to the point in which I am just over it too. I am in the process of trying to quit for good right now. I have started a blog, only a few days ago, to help with this. Please join me... we can give support to each other and any others who want to join. You can read a little bit about my story on the blog and my thoughts on stopping and how I have gotten where I am today. I have not had a crazy bad pick in years yet I have still been disappointed in myself when I let it get slightly out of control and can start seeing the effects on my skin again and want to hide from people. What is your story? I just wanted to add that I do think it is possible to quit and I feel I am close. You can definitely do it too!
July 27, 2014
I take zoloft right now and it's really worked for my depression but it has not helped at all with my picking. Do you think I should up the dosage or find something new? I'm just not sure what to do. It's so frustrating. I feel so trapped, especially when I don't want to go out without a cardigan or if I go to a special event in a sleeveless dress and have a panic attack because I forgot my cardigan to cover up my arms. I just don't know what to do.
July 28, 2014

In reply to by circleoflife

You could ask the doctor for a different medication to try, and explain your hopes that it will be something that will help you stop picking. I have been taking Paxil, and it certainly has taken the edge off, especially at first. This website offers the 8 week program that could be helpful if you have not tried counseling already, and they are specific to skin picking which is rare. My counselor recommended this "Thought Stop Technique", which I need to do...1. Say STOP aloud 2. Visualize Stop Sign. 3. Relax, breathe, roll shoulders 4. Substitute a positive thought/image/action. 5. Keep track of your progress, like here on this site! Also, he told me about a book called Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, revised, by David Burns, which I should probably get too. Hope that helps keep me posted on your progress you can do it!
August 06, 2014
People certainly do get better. I really have gotten a whole lot better in the past year. But try not to think of it as quitting, that implies that it is something you can "just stop" and it is setting a bit of an unrealistic goal when you're trying to get better. Take things one step at a time and be positive/happy with every bit of progress you make. Be happy you even found & posted to this forum, it takes guts to talk about this. I recommend seeing a psychologist/therapist. Doctors & dermatologists were no help for me because they just tried to treat the physical issue & they all told me to "just stop." But this is really a psychological issue that we have to work on, so seeing a psychologist will be a big help. In the meantime, try starting a written log for at least a week or two with information like when, where, why, & how long you pick. Then, once you're more aware of your picking & why you do it, when you start to pick remind yourself that you do have a choice...that you do have 'self control' (as the commenters below said). Remind yourself that you have a choice to either continue picking & causing more harm to yourself OR you can stop what your doing and feel more accomplished.

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