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i’m pretty upset right now. i have dermatillomania and i haven’t really found many people (online or not) that i really relate to or anything. my friends don’t really understand. my family doesn’t really understand. i feel like no one can help. i just looked up dermatillomania on tiktok because i want to feel not so alone with it. and maybe that was a mistake, idk. i got pretty upset because it seems like there’s no real and definitely not not extremely difficult treatment. and it’s so chronic. people can struggle with this for decades and it can just get worse. ruin your life. and i don’t know how to cope with that. im not ready to put in the work to stop picking. i have so much going on, i have so many other issues. i don’t have the capacity to work to stop picking. i don’t even know if i ever will. and that’s an extremely painful thought. i would love some support here. i could write for hours about this. but i don’t have the time or mental/emotional energy. i wish i could just stop. i even wish that others - even DOCTORS - would acknowledge how bad dermatillomania is and how much it can affect the lives of people that have it and acknowledge how hard it is to stop, how real of a disorder it is. i don’t know how to deal with this. i don’t even know why i pick. why does this have to be an issue i have. don’t i have enough already?

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    • LynnKenzie

      413d

      I have it as well and have for almost 30 years. Skin picking is under the umbrella term of OCD so it's not as simple as "just stop picking" or a "habit to break". I have had some relief with fidget toys, therapy, and distraction. I also bite my nails. It took me until I was in my late 20s to figure out what it was and that others had it as well. I felt so alone growing up with it.

    • LynnKenzie

      413d

      I have it as well and have for almost 30 years. Skin picking is under the umbrella term of OCD so it's not as simple as "just stop picking" or a "habit to break". I have had some relief with fidget toys, therapy, and distraction. I also bite my nails. It took me until I was in my late 20s to figure out what it was and that others had it as well. I felt so alone growing up with it.

    • autistictheatrekid

      413d

      hello, I have it ✋

    • bunbunii

      468d

      Hey, I have had dermatillomania for awhile now, probably sense I was 12 and started puberty. I have scars all over my body from skin picking and the scars are darker than normal due to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This condition sucks, but to be completely honest, once I got on meds for emotional regulation a lot of the skin picking stopped. It was really bad when I was younger and had more flare ups due to acne. It just takes awhile and a conversation with a doctor/psychologist to see what works for you. If u need anymore information or anyone to talk to please feel free to reach out!

      • canadaisntreal

        468d

        @bunbunii thank you :)

    • SubwayGiftcard

      468d

      I also struggle with this and have ugly scars on my legs from it

    • ath3na

      468d

      I’m commenting on this so I can answer fully later but I also struggle with dermatillomania and it’s hard out here but you’re not alone 💕

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