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July 22nd, 2006, 08:35 PM
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I have an embaressing habit that I need to quit............immeadiatly
I have not told anyone this, in this forum, or any other rooms.
I pick my skin. Doesnt matter where, if I see any kind of blemish I pick it and keep on picking it.
Most of the time it happens when I am nervous or anxious about something and no matter how many
times I try to stop, i cant. Sometimes I dont even realize that I am doing it. When I do realize its like I
am in a drug induced state and when I pick i feel release. Kind of like cutting but without the blade. I do see a therapist and I am on meds but nothing seems to help. Its been like this for 10 years and I know its bad but its so hard to stop. When I saw this board I thought maybe it would be ok to post here about it . I already post in the mental health and loss of a parent boards so I dont want everyone to think that I am just having always something wrong with me, one right after the other. Sometimes I wish I did smoke and it was that i had to quit because I dont know how to quit this one. Thanks everyone for your time and letting me vent .
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July 22nd, 2006, 09:39 PM
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Ya know... I had a friend who went through this... I dont know what she did. By blemish do you mean zits? My mom is an avid picker! lol..

I would continue seeing someone. it might be a stress thing. I would suggest trying to consiously find something else to do with your hands. Maybe when your feeling the need to pick, get a journal to write down your feelings at that moment, you may notice a pattern. That will help your doctor help you break this!
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August 7th, 2006, 05:30 PM
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I have a problem too, I pull out my hair. I am taking meds to help. Maybe that is an option for you. Check with a psychiatrist to find out if there is anything you sould take. Good Luck!!
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