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I am a 20-something skin picker, who has always picked at any bump, imperfection, anything under skin since I can remember.
There were times I had been better about it than others. When I used to have roommates my immense shame of blotchy, picked off, red skin helped to curb a good deal of picking.
When I moved to my new apartment (alone) I told myself that this place was not the place to pick. It helped for a good long time! But the past couple years I had my eating disorder and depression rear it's ugly head and in the aftermath I somehow soothed myself into picking really bad again.
I can't stop. I'm hours late for my job sometimes and I wish it was so easy to say it's a bad habit and I'm lazy and need to get my butt into work.
But I can't stop. And now there are more areas in my apartment that I pick in, other than just the bathroom!! Any bright light area and my arms and chest are destroyed.
I'm not going to give up!! I'm going to try and refocus and change the behavior.
I'm continuing to care for my torn skin and distract myself until the habits of where I am doing it is lessened. I just wish it wasn't so automatic.
I'd like to find more info on stuff like spindle rings? And support groups.
Know you're not alone and we can change our behaviors, no matter how much work it might take.
My heart goes out to others dealing with this!!