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I am 22 years old and I suffer from dermatillomania since I was 15. For a long time I used to think that it's just a bad habbit, as I was said. But when I realised that I have no controle over my actions, I knew that I have a problem. I have people who love me and care for me, but they don't understand that this isn't just a habit and that telling me: 'Seriouslly, it looks ugly, you should stop', won't help. So I needed somwhere to share my story, here I am.
I pick every day, for at least an hour a day. I pick every part of my body, but shoulders and legs are the main targets. I let my skin recover during winter, I guess to much clothes stops me from touching it. When I take sweaters and long pants of I feel great, because my skin looks nice. And I don't touch it until obligations at college become to stresfull, for example examination period comes. I feel like picking is my rest from studying. And than I feel terrible for doing it and to get rid of the scars I pick them (even though I am aware that that is not how skin recovery works).
I really want to stop. I tried some methods and none worked. I need somewone to talk to, and someone who understand that this isn't crazy, weird, habit, or thing that you can just stip doing. So I really hope that you will comment this, share your experience and maybe recovery experience.