Hi, i am a 19 year old women that has been suffering with CSP (compulsive skin picking) for the majority of my life. I have gone through times where this condition has been severe and times when it has been manageable. It is far worse when i am worried or stressed.
Since Christmas i have been going through my worst experience with CSP. In the past the picking may last a week at the most and then i have been able to get on top of it. However, i have had an open wound on my arm which i am constantly picking since December. I feel ashamed and embarrassed because of this. It stops me from socialising, i cant wear short sleeved tops, as the scab is very large. I may use my finger nails, tweezers or anything sharp to pick this scab. It has taken over my life.
I am writing this now as i feel helpless, i am unable to get this under control. I have had numerous amounts of councilling and CBT in the past and nothing seems to help. I was wondering if you are able to give me any advice as to how i can stop picking my arm. As the wound has been open for so long i am getting extremely worried about it, recently my arm has been going into spasams and been going numb for a short amount of time, i am worried i have caused un healable damage.
if you are unable to give me any advice, i completely understand.