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I don't know if this will help anyone else, but on the off-chance, I'll share a story with you. I'm an au pair for two little boys in France. The oldest today was asking me about my 'spots' (which is my excuse for my picking sores - kids are observant!). I blame my 'spots' on a lactose intolerance, and was saying that I often get them because I am too polite to turn down food or drink served to me by friends, despite the fact that I know it will make me feel ill and give me a skin break-out. And he turned around and said "but why? You should try to look after yourself a bit!" (but in French, of course!). And he made such a good point. He is only 7, yet so much of my behaviour is, and has always been, self-destructive, that I never even questioned it. In 7 years I have had 12 significant relationships, and another 6 or 7 one-night-stands, despite the fact that I knew they would end up in tears. It never occured to met that I could have a healthy, happy and balanced relationship until I met my current boyfriend. I have been a smoker, a heavy drinker, I didn't work to get the grades I knew I could, I always settled rather than trying to do well for myself. And that's all in the space of less than 23 years! And my picking is a part of that. So after ruminating this one, I found my fingers searching (I was taking my make up off in from of the mirror at the time), and it stopped me : I can do better!