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want-to-heal , 12 Aug 2009

I am ready to STOP THIS!!!!

I have decided today to attempt to stop picking at my perceived acne on my face and arms. My urge to pick is very strong and occurs while watching tv, in the bathroom, in front of mirrors, and lately, in the car while waiting at red lights. I just recovered from a serious skin infection caused by squeezing and picking at my skin. I am already taking 20 mg of Paxil each day and have been on antidepressants for years. I have been out of an emotionally abusive relationship for about nine months now. My job is still a source of great stress, but have reduced the number of days I work. I do not use make up or attempt to hide my scars. I have lately stepped up my efforts by adding the use of needles and fingernail clippers to dig out juicy pimples. I run my fingers over my skin to feel for bump that can't even be seen by the naked eye, so I can pick them too. I need help and would appreciate any suggestions anyone could give. I am one hour and thirty minutes into my attempt and am fighting almost constant severe urges of itching and wanting to scratch and pick. PLEASE HELP ASAP OR GIVE SUGGESTIONS! I am going to go cut off my fingernails now, but will be hoping for replies!!! HELP ME!!!
6 Answers
August 13, 2009
Have done well thus far, but the urge to pick is very strong right now. I am 20 hours in to an attempt to break the cycle.
August 15, 2009

In reply to by cash2112

kcantwell Please read my input on Aug the 1. : Possible cure. It is a mental exercise that has helped many but not all. It takes a little time, not much, but costs nothing. I will work with you on it if you will e-mail me at I am an individual not associated with any academic or business entity. Anything we talk about is private. I will send you the testimonials of others who have succeeded in stopping their picking compulsions.
August 13, 2009
Well, I haven't taken a look at the treatment section yet. Have you? I also just made my vow to stop picking... about five minutes ago. Guess we're in this together?
Sleep the Cloc…
August 13, 2009
I already mentioned this somewhere else but this is my fall-back when I really feel like the picking is getting out of control, I'm not sure this applies since you are using tools, but I clip my nails down to the cuticle and then use a little electronic/battery-powered nail-filer (like they sell in manicure set infomercials or at a local drugstore chain) and file my nails until they are very thin, sensitive to the touch and have no rough or pointy edges. That way, immediately when I touch my skin or try to pick it becomes painful at my fingertips, an instant negative consequence. Believe me I have tried many, many, if not every, treatment method, and this is the surest immediate curb in my case. I also used to use needles, clippers, tweezers, thumbtacks, even scissors to pick and have somehow gotten over this, but for a long time I simply did not keep those kind of objects in my house. Every object you use to pick, immediately, after you get that awful, disgusted feeling about it afterwards, immediately throw that particular object out. If your going to pick, force your body to do a little work at least, finding a tool could bide you some time. Also, if you haven't done this already and want to see if you can "jolt" yourself out of the habit for a few days, get rid of your t.v. and cover up your mirror. I haven't had a bathroom mirror in years and it really helps because thats when I tend to get "sucked in."
August 13, 2009
I keep my nails cut down to the cuticle too that way it's easier for me not to pick. But I still end up picking my cuticles. But this is the best solution I've found so far.

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