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    Old 05-08-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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    Skin Picking

    What is that called again...and what are all the like signs and symptoms of it, like how does it work..I sound really dumb haha

     
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    Old 05-08-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Skin Picking

    Not dumb, just not enough information about what information you are seeking. (Okay, now I sound like the librarian that I am LOL.)
    There's a skin picking thread with some insightful posts:
    [url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=472543[/url]

    I thought there was some technical term for skin picking, but I just looked it up in PsycInfo and couldn't find anything specific. If I find it in one of the article abstracts I'll post it. But when you do a search in PsycInfo for skin picking as a subject heading, the first subject heading suggested is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    Okay. I'm back from hyperfocusing in PsychInfo. There've been a lot of studies done on skin picking and its relation to OCD in the last 6 months. It's good to see that this research is finally happening. I remember back in the 70's the psychiatrist I saw was so clueless about this problem.
    Anyway, what I found was the names of 2 types of therapy used for skin picking:
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    Habit Reversal
    I only read the abstracts of the articles, and I'm not a psychologist, but you could maybe ask a therapist about these strategies for dealing with skin picking.

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    Old 05-13-2007, 04:39 PM   #3
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    Hey,

    Its a relieve to see someone else who may have this - i have done it for as long as i can remember. It is hard to find a lot of infomation about it on the internet.

    I have seen it referred to as CSP (Compulsive Skin Picking)

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    Old 05-17-2007, 09:15 AM   #4
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    Re: Skin Picking

    I know this probablly isn't the same thing you are talking about, but I always scratch or pick at my scalp.. and no I don't have lice or anything like that. It's just something I feel like I have to do.
    Whenever I do it I feel like everyone is watching me and thinks that I do have lice, and then I get really freaked out. I didn't really think anything of it until I saw this post. Now it makes more sense, thanks =]

     
    Old 05-18-2007, 03:36 PM   #5
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    I know this probablly isn't the same thing you are talking about, but I always scratch or pick at my scalp.. and no I don't have lice or anything like that. It's just something I feel like I have to do.
    Whenever I do it I feel like everyone is watching me and thinks that I do have lice, and then I get really freaked out. I didn't really think anything of it until I saw this post. Now it makes more sense, thanks =]

    Ahh my dad used to pick his scalp too. My mum got annoyed at it, but now i realise its probably passed down somehow.

     
    Old 05-19-2007, 09:04 PM   #6
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    Re: Skin Picking

    yeah I wouold pick my skin, pull my hair out, pick my scalp, bite my nails, anything, sure why not try it, as it seems to go for me. I still pick a little, but only when scabs are healing, its a searious issue if you start picking nothing, and create something, and then pick at that until its really big, I did that to my head once, I saw the dr, and she dignosed me with some hair loss thing, and there was a big scab on my head, I told her I created it. but now if I'm sick she thinks its in my head all the time and I can barly get her to believe me anymore. lol

     
    Old 05-20-2007, 09:18 AM   #7
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    yeah I wouold pick my skin, pull my hair out, pick my scalp, bite my nails, anything, sure why not try it, as it seems to go for me. I still pick a little, but only when scabs are healing, its a searious issue if you start picking nothing, and create something, and then pick at that until its really big, I did that to my head once, I saw the dr, and she dignosed me with some hair loss thing, and there was a big scab on my head, I told her I created it. but now if I'm sick she thinks its in my head all the time and I can barly get her to believe me anymore. lol
    I have done that a few times, expect on my fingers. You know the middle part of your fingers?? When there has been nthing there - no scabs or anything - i have started to pick at it and bite - but pick more - and now the middle of my fingers look horrible, but i still pack them 5 years on. Its horrible.

     
    Old 05-20-2007, 09:45 PM   #8
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    You can stop. Itís a really hard habit to beat, but it can be done. Like I said I donít pick so much anymore, now if I see a scab I just rub it, if it donít fall off I wait till it is more healed. If I see any blood I stop right away. But I just canít break the nail biting. But I guess because it doesnít do any real damage, I keep doing it, all my other skin picking things were so horrendous that I HAD to stop because I couldnít let myself continue to do that to myself. Its very hard, but it can be stopped, or at least lightened up.

     
    Old 06-02-2007, 09:20 PM   #9
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    wow, I can relate. My thumb around the knuckle just below the nail is all calloused and cracked. I pick and bite the skin off. It can bleed and Ill just start all over the next day. Then I end up hiding it cuz it looks so gross. People ask me (when they see it) what happened to your thumb. Of course I come up with the excuse that I burned it and its just starting to heal. This is a horrinle compulsion.

     
    Old 06-06-2007, 02:22 AM   #10
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    Re: Skin Picking

    I constantly pick these 2 places in my scalp. I have had these places for probally a year now and they wont get better cause i cant stop picking. i dont understand why i do this and i wish i could stop but for some reason i cant.

     
    Old 06-20-2007, 05:16 PM   #11
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    Re: Skin Picking

    I have a ten year old daughter who was diagnosed with OCD when she was seven. She picks her arms and legs and already has a lot of scares. We have tried everything to help, but nothing seems to work. Do you have any suggestions that might help?

     
    Old 06-20-2007, 11:06 PM   #12
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    Ah Devil, don't beat yourself up over it... it happened, and at least you can have the scars removed....

    lori,
    you should talk with her pediatrician... and also a psychiatrist, if you haven't already...how often per day does she do this?

     
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