Picking after 50

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June 27, 2020

You're not alone. Almost 55 yr old female. I also suffer from self injury. I haven't cut myself in over a year. Have had lots of work in DBT. Some therapist don't understand why that therapy doesn't work with picking. I've repeatedly tried to explain it's not about burying mental pain and relief as much as it's about body dislike. I hate seeing dirty scabs on me. I hate the way the bumps feel. Since I'm not cutting they really don't pay attention to my picking. Comparatively I think they see my picking as harmless vs. my cutting. I don't hide my arms or legs in shame. I very comfortably wear shorts and tshirts out in public.

October 16, 2020

I’m 66 and have been plagued with hair pulling from beard, and skin picking at eczema patches in my beard. Disgusting but I can’t stop. I have bare spot I try to cover. I feel your pain.

February 26, 2021

I'm with you all! 53 years old and still fingernail obsessed (I used to bite them to the nub which ruined my teeth and made my fingers hurt so badly), but have been clipping them super short for decades and chewing my clippings. Gross. I know.) and I pick my face—and now my head—like I'm still 13. I look horrible. I feel horrible. I can't stop. I don't want to stop (there's that strange comfort and satisfaction in the repetition and the discovery and "the pick" and the pain). But I'm way too old for this, and so I actually DO want to stop. I just don't know where to begin.... And now, with working from home at a new job that's super easy but stresses me out like crazy nonetheless, I pick freely all. the. time. I was also finally diagnosed with ADHD and I'm sure that, in trying to find the right medication, my picking is exacerbated.

March 16, 2021

Hi everyone... I’m 49 and I can’t believe how utterly powerless I remain— I’ve got little to no ability to stop myself from picking! It’s gotten better as far as my picking locations— I have one eyebrow that I will not leave alone and that’s about it. But I still do it for hours at a time.