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Stellar720 , 21 Jan 2017

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Hello, I'm 30 years old and have had dermatillomania since I can remember. Many times I've stopped and started again. This is the longest I've ever done this. Started in August when my papa was hospitalized
He was due to come home by thanksgiving, papa passed November 8th. By far the worst time of my life and now I'm in grief counseling. So since August I have done this. I am now bald on the top of my head. I am so embarrassed. I avoid anyone seeing me. I try to hide it. I can't stop and that's all I want is to stop. Papa wouldn't want me like this. It itches, it hurts, it's compulsive, it's every where. I don't even know half the time I am doing it. I do not know what to do.

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January 24, 2017

Well first off, I would like to welcome you , second of all, I am so sorry for your loss ... And third, you have come to the right place... All of us here are going through the same struggles of self consciousness , embarrassment , helplessness , disappointment and wanting to seek help and encouragement ... Though we all have our different vices , problems and triggers , each and everyone of us knows how it feels and we all understand ... I've found this site and forum to be very helpful... When I end up having an episode of picking , I always feel worse and discouraged ... And I find myself logging on to this forum and reading the posts other people have written, responding to them and even starting my own topic sometimes just because I don't know what else to do... Just as you have. I'm glad you found this place , and I hope it will help you in which ever way it is able. We are all here for eachother and I believe your father guided you here for a reason. Please know that you are not alone in this. *hugs*

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