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January 05, 2010

OMG - I have had this thing since I can remember. I am a 49 year old female. One of my earliest memories is of being a small child (maybe 3 yrs old) and my parents would tie my hands up with soft hankies and pin them out when they put me to bed. So I was sortof strapped to sleep with my hands tied away from me. Since the memory is so old it doesn't upset me, it's just part of my life. So who knows when or why I started pickin?! I do have many uncountable childhood memories of locking myself in the bathroom to pick my sores. I would pick them, clean them, salve them and bandage them. I LOVED IT. All the "stop picking yourself" and "leave it alone" comments didn't compute. I developed scars, but I didn't mind because I was young and each year the last year's scars would fade off sortof. I still don't mind my scars. Over the course of my life I can see the years of picking vs. the years of less picking. The years of less picking were times I was not lonely and especially in a relationship. It seems that being alone is one of my triggers. When I'm in a love relationship, pretty much I have to get naked and that means I don't want anyone to feel any scabs. However I've been single for the last couple of years and I've started a picking frenzy on my thighs. They were once beautiful - people called me "legs" and yes I know I'm getting older so there's an inappropriateness to me wearing super short shorts. Maybe this lets me pick there. I have horrible red and purple scars that aren't fading! My thighs are HIDEOUS. I don't know what to do. I thought I was alwasy just a freak, and then I found this site about a month ago. I realize OMG I'm so not alone.
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January 06, 2010

kcantwell I understand your problem. I was a picker for many years. Please read my input "Possible cure -revision" posted earlier. Then e-mail me at kenn100@yahoo.com. This mental exercise has worked for many who tried it. But it is not easy. The beauty part is that it costs nothing but a little time, and results should be apparent within a week. I will answer any question you may have and encourage you to continue once you have started.
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February 14, 2011

I totally understand, I'm 16 years old and i cant remember when i even started. Its really put a strain me for doing things and most importantly from being myself around others. i remember when i had a boyfriend it really made me feel uncomfortable around him at times especially when he tried to hold my hand, i always had my guard up. I would really appreciate it if somone could give me some advice far as what to do... PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP!