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June 25, 2009

Hi and welcome. You are at the right place! This is a good place to turn for help; I think the first step is TRULY wanting to stop. You have more experience there than I, having stopped for 9 mos before! Does that encourage you, like you know you can do it b/c you've stopped before? This site has some therapists listed; you may find one near you. Or, I've heard good things about their online therapist, who I am thinking of contacting. It's so hard with fingers and hands b/c they are always there, within sight and feel. I find it's very difficult to just leave them alone. I've been using acrylic nails, and my cuticles are healthier than they've probably ever been in my life! Now that one nail has fallen off and another is chipped, I'm tempted to take them off, but not sure I trust myself to not attack my cuticles. : ( So, turn here for help. That's what we're all here for. Take care!

July 14, 2009

Wow! I am really amazed by the things you wrote on here are the exact same symptoms that I am going through! I am so glad to hear that there are a lot of people going through this and not just me. At times I would look at other people with nicer fingers and mine are just horrible. I am able to stop my compulsions but weeks or months later, I am back at picking again. I can empathize. Tell me, did you ever found a cure or self help so I am able to stop this?

July 15, 2009

No, I have not found a cure. I try to tell myself to stop but, the more I think about stopping the more I pick. I wish I could find a cure or something that would help other that fighting with myself and the urges to pick and losing the fight. I wish I could offer you more help. I will keep trying to stop some how. If I find out anything that really works for me I will let you know or if you find out anything for have any suggestions please let me know. This is definitely something that is not just a will power issue. Thank you and good luck. Kafitz48

July 19, 2009

Try therapist! :) Good luck :)