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Link spotted else-LJ.

Ah, so, this is what it is called and likely to be why I do it. Finger/nail walls. Acne on my face. Hairs on my chin. Dermatitis on my forehead and also behind and inside my ears. I consciously think that I am doing it because these things itch occasionally but and that may be one of the triggers but, as they say in the article;
skin-picking is a conditioned response to specific situations and events, and that the individual with dermatillomania is frequently unaware of these triggers

skin-picking is a conditioned response to specific situations and events, and that the individual with dermatillomania is frequently unaware of these triggers

I used to bite my fingernails really badly and non-stop as a child/tween but decided one day at the age of thirteen that I would not do it any more and quit it cold turkey. I now have to keep cutting my fingernails when they get too long to type any more (about 1 cm long) because they grow long and very strong and I can injure myself (and others) with them!

That is probably, in hindsight, when I switched to picking at my skin instead. Yet another thing that knitting stops. Some people see it as self-harming like cutting. Oh yay, a 43 year old emo kid. I wonder if I should ask the GP for referral for HRT (Habit Reversal Training, not Hormone Replacement Therapy!) or even if it is available in the UK. Meanwhile, more knitting!

Treating Dermatillomania, A Skin Picking Disorder With a Cure


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Apr. 26th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)

I mostly skin pick around my fingernails. I notice it getting worse when I am down and stressed, and already try to do some CBT to help reduce it.
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Hmm yes. Glances at my hands with large scabs on my fingers where I have scratched my eczema blisters raw. They didn't itch that badly but grrr now feel like I'm a leper
*hides hands ashamed*
Apr. 26th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. That would be me. I know I do it in response to stress. Manicures help but who has the money to do that on a weekly basis, not to mention that I think it's bad for your nails in the long run. At least, like you, I don't bite my nails like I did as a kid.
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I thought my leg and other excessive scratching was a self-harm thing. When I saw my friend's 2 year old attacking the same few specific places, I realized that I might just have dermatitis in a few localized locations. When I use cremes or in the case of my legs, stopped the irritation of shaving by eppillating, the urge goes away and I don't attack myself to attack myself. Granted I do have self-harm type skin picking and hair pulling tendencies, but not all my scratching is self-harm. Just a thought.
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hi Natalie!! I'm gonna try and get back to LJing more. I think I need it. I just read this, and honestly, I think this might be what I have. Mine is triggered by boredom, nothing to do with my hands (why I crochet and cross stitch, especially while watching tv.), and anxiety. There might be more triggers, but those are the ones I recognize. I haven't officially been diagnosed or anything, but this does sound like what I am dealing with. And I can't remember ever not doing it. I've gotten myself pretty scarred up. Definitely need to see someone about that. Anyway, I've missed ya. Hope you're ok.
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