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Well, Let me say that this is great that there are people that are just like me. I always thought I was alone. I am 26yrs old and have been picking at my arms (mostly) since I was about 15. I don't know exactly how I started, I just know that I did. I have completely destroyed my arms they have scars all over them. I also pick at my face not too bad though, only cause I know I have to go to work the next day and face everyone. I just stopped biting my nails but I keep peeling off the nailpolish as soon as it dries. The other day I got attacked by ants and picked at the bumps til' they bled and left a scar. Is it just me, but I feel more compelled to pick at my arms when I am in a certain type of light? My dad yells at me and tells me to just stop. Really? If it was that easy don't you think I would of done that a long time ago? anyways,I just thought I would share my story with everyone. I can't talk to people who don't understand. Thanks
June 27, 2009
Hang in there. This is such an awful, all-consuming issue we all have. I've been picking for 37 years (am 39). I've gotten some counseling which helped reveal why I pick now trying to put the pieces back together to stop picking. Best of luck to you. Try the online counseling her. Dr Vinod is very compassionate.
October 31, 2010
im 17 ,a female and am so relieved to have found this website. i didnt know or would ever think that there are this much people with this same problem. i started when i was 13/14. i pick the scabs of my scalp and eat it. i pick at my skin too, specifically my forehead because thats where i get acne the most and sometimes eat it,as well as the treasures i find up my nose, lol. i pick and tear of the skin around my nails, and anyother imperfections i might find. i also used to self mutilate. seeing and reading everybody else's comment has given me confidence to go and try to get help. because for the last couple of years these habits have been getting out of hand, way too much. i like to thank everyone for sharing their story and everyone should be proud of themselves to even have the confidence for sharing. :) thank you