Hello all, thanks for taking the time to hear me out. I had been searching for a name for my picking behaviour for a couple of years and only just landed on skin picking or excoriation disorder. I believe it first started at a relatively young age maybe 12 or so. I am fairly certain this is what I have but I am wondering if anyone else here has a similar view on it that I do. The reason I am not 100% sure that excoriation disorder is the correct diagnosis, is that everywhere I look online says that it is a mental disorder. I wholly believe that my skin picking is purely stimulative, like taking a drug. I love to feel the endorphins numbing my entire body, pumping through my veins. I only ever use one part of my hand, in order to get this endorphin rush. I poke the very tip of my palm, underneath my rude finger with any mildly sharp object I can get my hands on. The object can't be too sharp otherwise it genuinely hurts and the pain is uncomfortable and I can no longer enjoy the activity. My sessions can last an hours but I rarely let it get In the way of my life. I can do it while driving, walking along, watching tv, anytime really. I am 24, I have traveled the world, run my own business and have a loving and supportive family, friends and girlfriend. I am a positive person and rarely feel down. Does anyone else feel like they do it purely for stimulation and that it may not be related to a mental illness?