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I've been a skin picker for 28 years. Diagnosed officially 17 years ago. Also have been diagnosed with an Up Regulated Nervous System, known as being Highly Sensitive. Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has effected my life dramatically compared to most others around me who are not HSP. For example, I am easily over stimulated by lights, everyday noises,and all kinds of typical scents. When I walk in to a room with lots of people, I hear all the conversations at once and find it very hard to focus on what I may be doing at that moment. One hour at a family gathering is enough for me and I'm ready to retreat to my house and be alone and quiet. Many times after large get-togethers(even very happy ones), I'm exhausted. When I'm finally home, my nervous system is frazzled from taking in all of the subtleties in my environment plus the obvious. It's at this point that I will begin to pick all over my body. Running through my mind are all the thoughts I wasn't able to process at the time do to 'overload'. Good, bad or indifferent. For me, picking is a way to unwind and process. My question is, " Are there lots of other Dermatilomania suffers' out there that have been diagnosed with HSP or suspect that they also might be HSP? For any questions on HSP, research : Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. 'The Highly Sensitive Person'