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sammi_rose , 10 Feb 2008

some tools that have helped my overcome bulimia, and hopefully skin picking too

I have been picking my skin since I was 15, now I am 22 and am still plagued by this disorder. I have come to view this as a major symptom of my anxiety, just like Bulimia was to me. I was bulimic for 5 years of my life and after extensive therapy my urges to binge and purge are so minimal that I can't remember the last time that my eating disorder reared its ugly head. This leads me to believe that I can overcome that evil voice that tells me to pick my skin. But just like recovering from bulimia, overcoming this destructive coping tool will take a moment to moment, conscious effort, every day until I get to a point where my thoughts aren't interrupted by an urge to pick. I am going to use some of the tools I learned at the ED clinic to help me with this depressing problem. I hope they are useful to any of you who are ready to take the plunge towards recovery. 1) Journaling at least once a day is absolutly imperative when it comes to processing the thoughts and feelings that are causing anxiety. 2) When a strong urge arises, discover a method/s that refresheyour mind and let that urge pass on by. What helps me is going outside for a quick walk, playing my guitar, clenching my fists, punching a pillow, drinking a cold glass of water. 3) List all of the things that skin picking has kept you from, all of the damage it has done to yourself and others. 4) Prayer and/or meditaion 5) Nurture you physical and emotional self with something like going on a drive and listening to music, taking care of your hands, rewards for not picking are great too. NOW IVE GOTTA PRACITICE WHAT I PREACH!!!! i know the tools, so im going to challange myself and hold myself accountable to not pick at my skin for one week. Thanks for letting me make this public announcement :) we've gotta stop hurtin our beautiful selves. ill let you know how it goes.
6 Answers
March 18, 2008
This is really great advice! Congratulations on all that you have overcome. I will try this as well, I especially think that keeping a journal is a really great tool for release, and a great distraction from those uncontrollable urges. I would love to hear an update on how you are doing with everything. Thanks again.
May 07, 2008

In reply to by crystal

I'm going to try those things. Prayer is awesome. give it all to god, or whatever higher power you believe in just give it all to them. Meditation is great also. I always thought my problems were because of my skin, but when i came to doing research i found anxiety had a lot to do with it. Im going to try the journal, and today starts day 1. Must sleep now. so day 1 can really start. Thanks for the help. ~*~Vee~*~
May 28, 2008
Thanks for sharing your advice! A lot of them seem like great ideas and I am definetely going to write down a list of all the things skin picking has kept me from and the ways it has hurt myself and others. That will really keep me focused and keep everything in perspective. Thanks again for sharing. I wish you the best of luck! -Sara
June 26, 2008
That was an inspiring message! I'm going to follow your advice and see how it goes. I actually suffered from anorexia when I was in my early teens and I found writing a journal really, really helpful, especially if you feel lonely. Its like when I write everything down I can be objective and understand myself better and then I realise that it is possible to get better. There seems to be a lot of people who suffer from both eating disorders and obsessive picking, I wonder just how strongly it is linked. Obviously its to do with a lot of the same things. Anxiety. Control. Body image. Why is there no reseach on this stuff?!
February 08, 2011
Disease like obesity/anorexia is found everywhere in the world because bad food but fortunately there Eating Disorder treatment for a healthier life and without worry so anyone who have problems with eating do not hesitate to call them
February 08, 2011
Thanks for your inspirational input... I'm going to try some of your ideas!

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