hey guys. I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place because it's my first time here, so sorry if I messed that up haha.
ive been biting my nails since I was tiny(now I'm 17), but at some point it turned into picking/biting my hands, feet, lips and any spots or scabs anywhere. I'm getting sick of it and I want to know how to stop or control it.
as it developed from a habit, I know it isn't based on anxiety or depression, so I'm not sure if antidepressants can do anything for me. Ive heard some stuff about ways to stop other than going to a GP.
firstly, I've heard about applying moisturiser when you get the urge to pick. I'd like to know, does this work? to me, it seems that, if anything, that might just cause an obsessive moisturising habit instead haha. which isn't ideal, even if it's healthier. also, if I stopped picking for a certain amount of time, would I be "cured", or would I still get the urge? I've tried to stop before and always returned to picking. but if I did stop for, say, a few months, would I still get the urge? I don't know much about the psychology behind the disorder.
if anyone knows anything about my questions or any tips to stop in general I'd be very grateful. I know everyone here is trying to stop, but I'd like to know if anyone has things to help control it, or even if anyone has managed to stop here. thanks!