Find out the severity of your symptoms with this free online test
Sorry I can't give a proper "introduction" at this time. I'm still very much "in the closet" about this issue, even with my husband who should be home soon. Not that he isn't aware of it on some level, but I think he feels it was more of a problem in the past, and has mostly subsided. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I have been picking since I was about 16 or 17, I guess, and I am now almost 31 years old. Although it has been this many years, I still keep trying to tell myself that I can make myself stop if I just "try" hard enough. It's a very lonely problem to have, as I'm sure you are all aware, as the worse it gets over time, the more of me I feel I have to close off. This time of year is especially bitter. I love spring/summer/warm weather, but because I'm trying to hide my scars (most of mine are on my legs, primarily my shins), I cover up a lot more than I want to. It has all but ruined many of the activities I once loved doing, and as a mother, it takes EVERYTHING I have to force myself into a pool in public to take my 6 year old daughter swimming and act like nothing's bothering me. I worry about the days when she's older and doesn't even want to go swimming with me anymore out of embarrassment. I have looked for resources for this problem online occassionally and sporadically throughout the years, but this is the first time I've ever posted anything on any of them. It just seems so hopeless. I can't dedicate all of my mental focus and energy everyday to trying not to pick my skin...I have kids, a job, a house, a husband.... I don't mean to be such a downer or pessimist, but this is how I feel at this moment, and feeling rushed on top of it is forcing me to type my most pressing issues only. Has anybody ever tried any of the therapies recommended on websites, or the counseling sessions offered on this site? If so, what did you think? Thanks!