(Closed) Compulsive face picking…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

My sister’s boyfriend does this, actually he compulsively plucks his facial hair so he’s missing patches–in order to prevent this, he has to shave.  One of my friend’s mom has OCD and is manic depressive, and has the habit of picking her face.  Could you pick up a hobby like knitting or crocheting that works with your hands?  Or keep a small round stone in your pockets to keep your hands busy?

Also, I think therapy would be great since you acknowledge that you replaced one unhealthy disorder with a new one.  They can help you alleviate or help you find how you can stop this behavior without picking up another.

Post # 4
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

First, I love the title. ๐Ÿ™‚ Second, good for you on starting therapy. And third, I pick mildly and watched an episode of the Tyra show (not the best source of information, but still) about this. The girl on the show had a very bad case and I realized I didn’t want to be like that.

I used to bite my nails a lot and then switched to picking the backs of my arms and my head. After watching the Tyra show episode I became more aware that I was doing this and made an effort to stop. Now if I catch myself doing it I start drawing, sewing, putting on chapstick, just anything to keep my hands busy. It’s not a cure, but it’s switching to something less destructive to my body.

Also, congratulations on your ‘recovery’ as far as anorexia is concerned. I wish you the best, good luck with therapy, and I know you can beat this.

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