This site has been a blessing and a curse for me to find. A blessing as now I know that I am not going crazy and that there are people out there with this condition. A curse because now I have to accept that I have this condition - which I have been suffering from my whole life. This realisation is overwhelming! Skin picking has completely changed my adult life. As a child suffering from this disorder I did not realise the extent of the damage that I had caused. It has only been since my young adult years that the anguish of what I have done to myself has kicked in. Now as a 23 year old female it almost feels unbelievable and is overrunning my entire life. I have since become in a sense a 'hermit crab' where I am too self conscious to show my scars. By the way my scars are everywhere...and I mean covering both of my entire arms, legs and even backside. I have managed to spare my face, hands and feet somewhat but the damage is even there. As I have gotten older, this disorder has caused me to completely cover every inch of my skin that contains these marks. I constantly feel alone, depressed and feel like there is nothing in the world that can help me. I live in Australia (an extremely hot country) where I feel I am forced to wear jeans and cardigans all year round to conceal this addiction. I do this in an effort to conceal my anguish and I find it is my only coping mechanism. I know now from this website that other people have experienced similar issues and can relate to the EXTREME embarrassment, low self esteem and anxiety that this disorder causes. It's uncontrollable and is such a difficult disorder to deal with. I truly believe that only people with this disorder understand how it fundamentally affects your life. As I said in the beginning it is a blessing and a curse to know that there are others like me out there. I wish we could all be accepted into society with this disorder minus the states and question. I pray for all the other people out there that have yet to accept or acknowledge their disorder as a problem and I feel your pain and loneliness.