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seerelated , 12 Feb 2008

Can't find the connection between low self esteem and skin picking.

I am an 18 year old female. For as long as I can remember, I have hated everything about myself, from my face to my body to my personality. I have also been a skin picker all my life. By the time I was in 5th grade, I would leave school with my hair full of blood because I would pick at my scalp all day. I've been sent home from school for having huge wounds on my legs, which they assumed were from domestic abuse, but it was actually just me picking at my legs. On rare occasions, I would make my own cuts just to have something to pick at. Once I touch a scab, I can NOT stop myself from picking at it. No matter how many times I tell myself "No," I cannot stop. I pick at my scalp, arms, legs, and face. I also have a disgusting habit of eating scabs. I don't know where these problems come from but I am permanently scarred all over my body from this disorder. It may also be important to note that I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety (but I do not take meds), and I am a compulsive over-eater.
3 Answers
June 14, 2008
Poor thing! Why is it you don't take meds? Have you tried out some? Do you get some other treatment?
January 08, 2010
I feel for u..I would definately give an anti depressant drug like zoloft a go, It is commonly used to help OCD symptoms. I am on it & it has cleared my head & made me a calmer, less anxious person, who does not pick at herself so much. But i can relate to u as i overeat, don't like to expose my legs due to the scaring..I have only felt very sad and depressed once in my life 6 years ago, when i was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder, however i found out that i had been living with anxiety for 27 years, and often felt outside of myself..But zoloft and the pill were a god send for me & i hope u find a nice psychologist to talk to your feelings about and our common picking habbit. I am going to fess up to my doctor that yes i have been picking for a very long time & i want to kick the habbit completely, especially now i have found this site, which has helped me understand that this habbit causes many people distress, as they cant help it..
Lara Coimbra
January 13, 2010
my Therapist says to me that when you have a big disturb it divides in another problems... I have that attention disturb, and it divides in skin picking, anxiety, and depression(sometimes)... Thank you for sharing your story :) hope both of us get better some day

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