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Old June 23rd, 2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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Default Re: Compulsive Skin Picking

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Originally Posted by IAMSAM View Post
Golly, you guys need to find a constructive hobby or something!

First, for something to be a 'complusion', it has to be some behavior you have no control over. It is almost automatic, there's a driven quality to it. And, the person cannot comsciosuly stop doing it, they cannot control it, it controls them.

What you all have are very bad habits, you've gotten used to doing something for whatever reason, and you continue to do it. It seems 'automatic', but that's b/c you just do it without thinking.

But you CAN stop it, perhaps by thinking about it and being more aware of it. habits, no matter how long you've had them or how strong they are, can be controlled. You just have to be aware of them, and then exercise a bit of self restraint.
It is a compulsion. I have to do it, or i do it without realizing it, and when i realize it and want to stop i can't. and when i don't do it i freak out and basically have a panic attack. it's a little more then a mere "hobby", i failed a final because i spent the whole time picking at my arm.

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