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April 14, 2020

Please don't be depressed or upset about your skin picking habit. I too have suffered from dermatillomania most of my life and it's important to remember that our skin picking does not define us. Our brain is wired to pick when we get feelings of depression, anxiety, etc. I recently began reading "Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop" by Annette Pasternak, and I highly recommend it. I truly wish I had picked up this book much sooner, as I already feel a sense of hope that I can cope with this habit and eliminate it to the best of my ability. One of the thing the author mentions is the idea that positive thoughts foster positive outcomes. I totally get it, after we pick, we feel ashamed and embarrassed. But those negative emotions fuel our urge to continue picking. Another thing I found to be extremely helpful during this process is manipulating some type of toy when you have the urge to pick. I LOVE playing with Crayola's Globbles, and I keep them in the locations that I am most likely to have the urge to pick. I know how hard this disorder can be, but keep your chin up! We can be our own worst enemies at times. You can and will get through this!