Wow, I Never Knew

Wow I never knew there was a actual term for this. I have just always called it picking. I thought that this was caused by my drug addiction and OCD. But have recently realized that I did have it prior to my drug use or OCD. It has just gotten worse over time. Have many a scar. It there is the slightest inperfection on the surface of my skin, I will find it. And if I am really stressed or emotional about anything it becomes a complete nightmare. I will pick for literally hours. Leaving sometimes a bloody mess all over the place. Then sometimes I dont do it at all for a few days or long enough for the scabs to clear up a little. Usually though the scabs make it worse cause I cant stand the feeling of them on my skin when I sweep the surface of my body with my hands. As soon as I feel scabs or bumps then to picking I will go. Wish I could stop it all together. No meds or therapy has helped at all.

KarmaKatcher KarmaKatcher
31-35, F
3 Responses Apr 8, 2008

I didn't know why I did it, I thought maybe I was substituting it for drugs after I quit similar to you, but I too had been doing it wayy before I started doing drugs. It seems to get worse the more I stress out about my face so it's a vicous circle. Thanks for sharing, it makes me feel like I'm not crazy! haha. I didn't even know this was something other people did this.

I was so relieved after I found this group. Thanks for all your support. :0) Karma

Thank you .... I finally have answers.