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I've had social anxiety since I was 13. I believe it started in part to the large school I was going to and also my developing acne. I suffered from panic attacks on the bus on the way to school as well as stomach aches caused by my anxiety. I retreated into myself and, looking back, it was very obvious. I stopped being friends with my best friend, I spent every weekend in my room dreading school and anything we had planned for the weekend, and I stopped spending time with my family. When I went to high school, a much smaller school, I got a lot better. I became more confident, my best friend and I reconnected, I made new friends, I got closer with my family, and more. While this was happening, though, my acne started getting worse. I went to a dermatologist and she gave me a treatment that started working. I don't know when I started picking at it, but I remember that one of the reasons that the treatment wasn't completely working was because I was picking at my face. I'm 17 now. A year ago, my picking got really bad and I tried everything to stop it. For a while, it actually stopped. But recently, it's started again. Just last week I picked two scabs on my face. They weren't even pimples, I was just picking at my skin. Even more recently, I've started picking at my scalp. I'm not even sure when it started but now it's become normal for me. I am constantly picking when I'm focusing on something, when I'm bored, when I'm watching a show, and most usually when I'm stressed. Tonight I decided to google why I pick at my scalp because it's gotten to be so bad and I came across Dermatillomania. Everything clicked. For as long as I can remember I've been picking my lips. I'm relieved to know that I'm not the only person who picks at their skin, especially their scalp, but I'm worried because I also looked up pictures of people who pick at their scalp and I saw how bad it can get and I don't want to get that bad. While I was reading other forums, I got stressed and caught myself picking my scalp. I need help. How do I stop picking at my skin and my scalp?