Obsessive scalp picking - "diagonosed" today


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May 17, 2009

I pick at my scalp as well, but I also have dermatophagia, a skin eating disorder. I eat the skin I pull off... which makes it more attractive to do. It's horrible, but I have controlled it to the point where I have not bled for a long time. What I did was I wore hats and gloves. I managed to control both the chewing of my fingers for skin and the scratching of my scalp during the winter. From the way you describe it, your scalp is bloody and scabbed, so it might be too painful to wear a hat. And it's almost summer. Hmmm. Perhaps you could learn to knit or weave, or otherwise keep your fingers busy? I also twiddle my thumbs, that keeps the chewing/picking at bay for a while. It's so comforting to know that we are not alone. Misery loves company, right?