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chinchillamomma12 , 23 Jan 2015

It's bad

I'm a 20 year old female and i constantly pick at my fingers.. All fingers on both hands.. i work with kids, younger kids and they constantly point it out... it makes me self conscious. I've been doing this for 10 years now and I can't stop... everyone always asks me what happened to my fingers and I'm always embarrassed to tell them I pick at them.. I haven't met anyone that does this ad badly and severely as I do... I pick every finger until it basically bleeds... The only times my fingers have been fully healed is when I have my nails done to where I can't pick at them... and i simply cannot afford that ... I don't know what to do, nothing works for me... Please if there is someone out there who can help... Please help me...

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January 25, 2015

Hi there. I am a 20 yo female and I also suffer from dermatillomania. I pick at my face though, and in the past my back and chest. I work as a babysitter so I just want to tell you I know how you feel when your wounds are pointed out by kids. Or anyone for that matter. It's so devastating and embarrassing. Last semester I had a picking wound on my chin so bad that got infected and needed a scar excision surgery later as it healed so awful. While I had the open wound I had to lie and say I got stitches from an injury as I obviously could not admit what I had done to my peers or professors, and had a huge bandage on. things get better though, and you're not alone.

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