Skin-Picking and Trichtillomania

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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have problems with skin-picking and/or trichtillomani (compulsive hair pulling)?
I've been struggling with skin picking since I was 13 and started having trich issues in the last year or two. It fluctuates in severity but it's starting to get worse again and I want to stop before it gets more out of control!
I have a lot of shame about having these issues (which clearly helps my existing anxiety/depression) so I'd love to talk to someone else who understands. Unfortunately, many therapists are unfamiliar with these conditions, and even the so-called "experts" are overrated.
There's more I could say, but I'll wait to see if anyone else knows what I'm talking about...
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   Posted 1/17/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I know what your are talking about. Recurrent pulling out of one's hair resulting in noticeable hair loss. An increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when attempting to resist the behavior. Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out the hair. This
is a type of compulsive behavior and its causes are not clearly understood. Symptoms usually begin before the age of 17.

Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) is the repetitive picking at one's own skin to the extent of causing damage. Usually, but not always, the face is the primary location for skin picking.
To the best of my knowledge both are OCD behaviors. Please do not feel shame coming here to talk about your problems.  We are all the same here and we are here to help each other. I hope that you will feel safe in the
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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
There are therapists that are specifically trained in these issues
I would ask your doc to have you sent to one
CBT may help as well

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   Posted 1/18/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Just so you don't feel alone, I pick the skin on my scalp. I have two spots that if you moved my hair and looked, there is an open sore there. I just dont let it heal and pick of the scar each morning. I don't even realize I'm doing it. Its like a nervous habit.
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   Posted 1/22/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have used behavior therapy to treat these conditions successfully but I must confess to being one of those overrated not experts. My success has come with clients I could give one to one supervision to and control all reinforcers.

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   Posted 3/5/2011 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Now I have (CSP) as well, I am SSSSSSOOOOOOO ashemed of it as well I don't even like talking, telling people about it as well. Now I started this all when I was like 14 or so I guess I'm sorry thou don't really know or chose to forget even HEHEHEHEHE. I'm not sure which one it is HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

Now I have just recently learned that the reason that we all, everyone esle in the world who chose to either deny that they even have it or are just too ashemed of it that they don't even tell or something you know. But anyway getting back to how I learn, what it is that I learned even. The reason for it is from are father's if they have it they we all will too, it's very very very very true also.

Now I really really really really really want to quit this like everyone else cause I've just been doing it lill. forever, I am just SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK OF IT ALL TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but I don't have any clue AT ALL in how I can do it all by myself you know, I've also tried, tried, tried just to quit on my own, NOTHING, I REPEAT NOTHING AT ALL HAS HELPED AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!! so I am turning to Y'ALL for help PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

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   Posted 3/6/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Spinal Chick,
The thread you just posted to is 3 years old so I am going to lock it at this point.
I am also going to request that you to refrain from  posting strung out words as they are using valuable resources. I know you are trying to catch our attention but trust me the members will comfort, share and support you.

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