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i am hoping that i can learn some new ways to stop what drives me insane. I dont know if I have compulsive picking, but for as long as i can remember, i have picked the skin around my thumbs, and on my big toes. I am in my 30's and have started a new career as a model. I am so embarrased about what my fingers look like that i try to hide my hands as much as possible. Ifeel like i lost control of this habit a long time ago. I dont even realize that i pick until i bleed. I notice that when I am stressed or worried i pick even more. But it also happens when I am bored, watching TV, reading, or driving, etc... when i catch myself doing it, i try to stop, but then my fingers throb and I feel like i need to pull the rough skin that is on my fingers off to make it feel better. I have tried so many times in the past to stop and nothing seems to work. Can someone guide me to techniques that help? OR do i need to visit a doctor? PLEASE HELP!