I Think I'm On To Something~!June 26th, 2010, today and yesterday, I HAVE GONE PICK FREE. almost. I have been experimenting with different off-the-wall treatments, and something is working! I'm so excited and proud.. I wanted to share this with you, and maybe this will work too, or it will give you other ideas for other ways of quitting.
first of all, filful's advice is a giant contribution to the cure. I highly suggest reading her story post "tips on stopping the picking". mirrors ARE YOUR ENEMY! they are evil! EVIL I TELL YA!
off of her advice, I started to take notes of places I felt the most anxious and the most need to pick. for me, its infront of my computer, my room, and when I'm in certain classes with certain teachers (even though some of them are the nicest people I know). also during movies in theaters, and in cars with my rents. if your anxious places are unavoidable, just being more aware of those areas helps build the will power to stop.
also a note- natual cures (as in, without psychiatric/medical/medicinal help) are never going to be perminant, but professional help isnt going to do squat alone either. its a combination of the will to stop and the intervention of a third profesional party that I believe can lead to a perminant end. in the line of natural things, I'v come up with a few other methods, as in, the "off-the-wall" ones I mentioned earlier. here's what I started doing.
bandaids. lots and lots of baindaids. my issue with them is that I have sweaty hands, so they slip off if I try to do anything productive (even things like putting on clothes and opening doors). solution- tape. scotch tape alone, when left on a finger for a long period of time, may not slip off, but they fray, and soon your picking at the tape like it was skin. so, why not use both?
I started to equip myself for battle every day before leaving the house with
-emery board (nail file)
as soon as I feel the urge to use a specific finger to pick at something, first I file down the nail until I cant feel it when I touch my fingertip to my palm. next, I cover it with tape (cover the tip too! its important!) then make sure all the awkward corners and flaps from the angles of the tape are smoothed down by bandaids. I suggest using a fingertip bandage, then using a normal bandage to flatten any flaps. this way, not only is it physicly impossible to pick, but your more aware of what your doing with your hands when your use is limited. it trains the mind to STAY concious of the hands.
if you feel the urge to pick at a specific place, if its a finger, you go through the same procedure as the last one, but keep the tip uncovered and try to keep it to the joint you wish to pick at (so your finger is still mostly functional). if its anywhere else, bandaids work wonders for coverage, and if you feel the urge to pick the bandaid off with a finger, refer to procedure one.
IF ITS TOO LATE and you'v just broken what ever trans you were in, thats where purel comes in. before covering it using procedure 2, rub purel in it, ALOT of it, or if purel doesnt work, choose some other sanitary product that is going to sting or burn. if a dog can be trained with a shock coller, why not pickers with purel? I know, it normally hurts anyway, but after so long we get used to the normal pain of just having an open bleeding possibly infected wound. making yourself go through something else will train yourself not to.
this for me has worked on scabs and finger picking, but not for anything else yet. I still pick at my lips, or bite at them. I try to keep them as unchapped as I can, and I smear it on when ever I catch myself picking, but for certain things you can't cover every finger sometimes, unless you plan on doing something where you dont need your hands alot. singing for me helps a little, but I cant always sing, and I can't always chew gum wich sometimes does good too (since its not aloud in school or most theaters, which is the profession I wish to go into).
I can't talk about my face, lips, or scalp, but in fingers and scabs, for 2 days I am proud to say I am pick free... and I hardly have an urge. I havent had tape on my hands for 3 hours and I have hardly any urges at all, and I can control the ones I do have, and I'v used the tape purel method for 1 week.
but the temptation is always there... and I said that its a mix of will power and professional help. one alone can't stop it forever. I showed my shrink this site, and other information sites about it, adn she is finally looking at it as a serious condition instead of just a fluke. she said I had a choice of treatment medicly. hypnosis is a word I'v heard thrown around alot on here, but the other option I havnt heard anyone mention on here yet. O.O
according to her, its an over the table pill thats like a vitamin supplement of B (I think?), only in way high dossages. she said to slowly start working my way up to 12 tablets a day and that has had proven successes before.. I can't remember the name atm, but when the perscriptopn comes in I"ll update this with the name. I just wanted to mention there's other professional methods that don't include anti-depresents and hypnotherapy. meanwhile, improvement is possible on willpower alone. a complete ridance of the urge is not possible alone, but we can control it if we work together.
I would like to also say thank you to everyone who is apart of this support group. whether you realize it or not, with every post, someone brings some new knowlage to the table, and every story is another step to a cure.
the perscription finally came in (aka, the vitamin supplament my brother ordered off of amazon.com lol). the name is inositol. its just a supplament pill. I'v heard it's shown promising results, but after a day I can't say much about it first hand. just saying that it's out there as a treatment meathod.