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View Poll Results: Do you pick your scabs, skin etc?
I used to but have stopped. 3 15.00%
Yes, I don't always realise when I'm doing it. 12 60.00%
Yes, I always know when I am doing it. 3 15.00%
No. 2 10.00%
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 07:54 AM   #1
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How many of you pick at scabs, spots, insect bites or your skin in general?


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Old July 23rd, 2008, 08:09 AM   #2
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I used to but then I stopped.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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Yes I am always doing it... I always pick at spots and scabs... And I love pressing bruises... I dunno y

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Old July 23rd, 2008, 08:24 AM   #4
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I used to but then I stopped.
That's good. How did you stop it?


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Old July 23rd, 2008, 09:27 AM   #5
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Well I got myself loads of hobbies, and stuff to do. Which drained away at my time. I do occasionally still do like once or twice a month though.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 09:45 AM   #6
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hm.. its very hard not to pick at any scabs and lillbits of skin.. and annoying..you can stop its just a pain in the butt. find something else to do with your hands

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Old July 23rd, 2008, 09:59 AM   #7
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I have been doing this since I was a tiny tot and have tried nearly everything in an attempt to stop but none of it has worked. I don't even realise what I'm doing half the time. I just can't help doing it and it's driving me nuts. I seem to do it more when situations are tense or I'm in a bad place emotionally.

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Old July 23rd, 2008, 04:37 PM   #8
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i do it all the time and i always have scabs because they never heal.and sometimes i don't realise i'm doing it.

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Old July 24th, 2008, 12:49 AM   #9
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I used to always do it. Just so it could keep bleeding and bleeding again. But I found out that by doing that, It can cause many infections so that made me stop.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #10
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i do it all the time and i always have scabs because they never heal.and sometimes i don't realise i'm doing it.
Do they eventually heal though?
I find that mine do eventually heal, it just takes a hell of a long time to get to that point.

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I used to always do it. Just so it could keep bleeding and bleeding again. But I found out that by doing that, It can cause many infections so that made me stop.
I am so glad that you, and others who have posted here, have been able to stop. Infections can get really nasty!


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Old July 24th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #11
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When I get bored I chew/pick my nails. There's something I cant stop.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 12:17 PM   #12
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I didn't realize fingernails count
I used to peel my fingernails, but i stopped
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Old July 24th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #13
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I know, I was just saying.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #14
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Ok, just to make this topic less ambiguous I'll clarify a few things.

When I'm talking about this I am talking about a compulsive need to pick at scabs, spots or other bits of skin. This means that you feel you have to pick it and by doing so, regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, quell inner tension (or a similar emotion). It isn't just something you do because you have nothing to do and I don't believe that it extends to biting fingernails.


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Old July 24th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #15
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I pick at scabs whenever I'm stressed. I try to stop myself when I realize I'm doing it.

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Old July 24th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #16
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Sometimes i like having scars. I don't know why. Scars look cool to me. Not big ones though.. Scars have many stories..
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Old July 24th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #17
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Just as long as they are not scars on my face. On my legs or on my arms shoulders are ok but not on my face.
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