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mark , 27 Feb 2008

Picking shin-scabs from the inside of my nose

I dig thru the skin and scabs in my nostrills everyday so they never heal . I've done this every day for the past year since I started this job. It seems to make the stress go away for a few seconds but then ny nostrils are irritated. I'm an electrical engineer, feel burned out and not to interested and stressed in my job. A lot of the work is just excessive email and complicated systems that I don't understand. Its an overload and is a general 50 hr/wk rat race. I'm sick of it. I get only 2 weeks/yr vacation for the past 30 years and I feel like quitting all together and doing nothing for a year. Not sure what to do. DOn't even nkow what to tell my boss because he can't do anything about it. And we all know how one has to pretend all is OK in our jobs and can't tell our bosses how we really feel. My small home is paid for and I've saved $600,000 between personal and retirement savings but feel insecure knowing that...WHERE EVER YOU GO; THERE YOU ARE....and won't be happy after quitting this great paying job that is stressful. Any good ideas out there?
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May 26, 2014
Well, here goes nothing. No one and I mean no one knows of my sick behavior. I was thinking of going to a psychiatrist to find out my underlying problems. I started this mutilation back in Sept. of 2013. I am 64 yrs. old and am on disability and stay home and have no life. I pray to God every day that I may go to sleep every night that I may not wake up. I take depression and anxiety pills but it really doesn't help much. I pick at my nose all day long. I use tweezers to pick out the dried up blood that turns into hard scabs. I have used scissors to cut up the meat inside and pick that out with scissors. I have used a knife to cut out chunks of meat and picked that out with tweezers. I now am beginning to EAT the chunks of meat.............I am a sick puppy. I used a screw driver to break the cartlidge in my nose and and and I don't know why. Is there anyone else that does this to their body? Is there a solution to this problem.
August 06, 2014

In reply to by olendnlady

You're not the only one.i have problems with nose picking also, I pick almost every day until it bleeds. I want to stop, because it's embarrassing and disgusting. Just no you're not alone, we're all broken in some way. I remember one timei did it all night until my hands were covered in blood, which was triggered about a thought I had about my left brain not being smart enough, so for a while I mostly picked my left nostril. It's also been because I don't like the way my nose looks in general. I started out picking my lip at around 9 years old, and my lips would always be bloody, than I moved to picking at the bottoms of my feet, and finally to nose picking. There was a period of about a year and a half where I didn't pick anything at all, but then some emotional troubles came up and I started again.
August 06, 2014
I do this two. It started out as feet-picking and lip picking/biting and now it's my nose. For a while I had stopped doing any picking whatsoever but then two years ago I started questioning my sexuality and It was really stressful and then I started nose picking. It's really embarrassing and I'm really ashamed of it. This is the first time I've even acknolaged it. I'm so glad I found this website and know that there are other people going through the same thing I am. I keep trying to stop but to no avail. I feel like if I moved away I might be able to stop, because sometimes it's associated with bad memories that I have and I'm 18 and my parents have always been extremely overprotective but they're trying not to be now because I'm an adult. I've had suicidal thoughts since I was 13 and recently I went through a long period of serious depression, and it sucked because I was so depressed that I could not focus in school and as a result I could not get into college. My depression is better now but it's still there. I also have anxiety issues.i tried pot but it only made my anxiety worse. I went to therapy but I was too embarrassed and afraid to tell my therapist about the picking and suicidal thoughts, so she thought there was nothing wrong with me and dismissed me from therapy. Anyway, sorry this was so long, I just had to get it out there even though probably no one will read it.

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