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Lightheaded , 15 Mar 2017

People always assume i am drug addict

I have had skin picking since teens. My face is all pockmarked and scarred from picking. Sometimes I have fresh pick marks on my face plus I am skinny. So people always assume I am a meth addict or crackhead. I hate drugs. So it is really annoying. Someone else a friend of mine just thought that about me and I am sad about it because I am the least druggy person but always get assumed to be an addict. Does this happen to anyone else?????

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September 10, 2019

Definitely. My skin picking triggers are when I get stressed and depressed or when shit starts going bad in my life (lost job...breakup....ect) im an alcoholic but they way my skin looks people always assume im on drugs too

May 02, 2020

I definitely know what you’re going through. Back when my Dad didn’t really know the severity of my condition, he said “Stop picking you’re face. You look like a drug addict.” Even though now he regrets that comment deeply and is trying very hard to be empathetic, that comment solidified all my fears. My sisters love Breaking Bad, and as hard as I try, I can’t stop seeing myself in those scabbed up meth addicts. And in a way there are parallels to what we do and what they do- instant gratification, dangerous damage, and relapse. I’ve just learned to just let people think what they want to think- I have little control over myself, so why am I trying to have the control to read other peoples’ minds and assume what they’re thinking. Just have faith in your own truths, and know that you are validated and loved. The pitied looks from my family is out of love- and ultimately that overrides any of these cognitive distortions.

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