I din't actually know that this was a common thing. I'm 21 yrs old and I've been picking as long as I can remember. I've been to countless numbers of doctors and gotten a hundred different diagnosis. I didn't know it was a form of ocd until I was in middle school. I've even at one time had a scab surgically removed for testing. That was traumatizing. I didn't even know there was an actual term for the condition. I've never even thought to search it on the internet, because I didn't think anyone else did it. It's nice to know I'm not totally alone. I've be living with this for so long that it's normal to me, I don't even notice it anymore as something wrong. It feels just like eating or breathing for me, you know just like an everyday part of life. I used to have severe anxiety associated with it. I never had many friends but I read this entire website and noticed that people keep this a secret, I never did I always responded with the truth I don't think I've ever hidden it. Then again not too many people ask about it. I've never met anyone else with the disorder. Now I'm not quite sure how to react.