Am I totally alone in doing this?

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by Aphorism, Sep 26, 2010.

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  1. Aphorism

    Aphorism Well-Known Member

    I have quite an unusual habit, it seems.

    I often rub the skin on my hands repeatedly, to produce a small friction blister. I let it heal, and repeat the process. Less often, in a short period of time, I will scratch my skin in a small area until it becomes red and irritated. It will eventually scab and heal.

    Neither of these things really hurt, and I find it akin to nail-biting.

    I'm curious to see if anyone here or knows someone who has done this, or does this habitually?

    :anyone:
     
  2. Domo

    Domo Well-Known Member

    Kind of. A lot of my anxiety manifests itself in restless hands and arms, sometimes to try and ease it i will rub and when i can't stop my skin will get a little raw.

    I can't say it's really a habit though.
     
  3. Aphorism

    Aphorism Well-Known Member

    Hm, yes, this is an anxiety habit I suppose. Yours sounds most like dermatillomania.
     
  4. Domo

    Domo Well-Known Member

    It's not that serious. For the most part i have my anxiety under control so it's not very often. I am more of a cutter/burner.

    Just in extreme cases when i disassociate i feel my arms don't belong to me, they crawl so i rub them.

    It hasn't happened in a while.
     
  5. Aphorism

    Aphorism Well-Known Member

    Ah. Well, I imagine that's worse. I hope things are feeling better for you...
     
  6. MiraWolf95

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    I sometimes do that to if I'm really irritated.
     
  7. Domo

    Domo Well-Known Member

    Well it's not a matter of begin worse or not. You struggles and issues are of equal importance.

    Are you taking any medication or in therapy? If not i hope you can get some help. It does make it easier for the most part.
     
  8. Aphorism

    Aphorism Well-Known Member

    Hooray, someone that also messes with their skin. :cow:
     
  9. Aphorism

    Aphorism Well-Known Member

    Thanks, you have a good point. And I was in therapy, though not recently. I have considered trying again, as encouragement of a friend, but the time has sort of escaped me.
     
  10. MiraWolf95

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    lol yupp, you're not alone :p. I'm always to scared to cut myself since I'm terrified of blood, so I just mess with my skin.
     
  11. XsweetpoetX

    XsweetpoetX Well-Known Member

    I used to scratch my arms till they bleed,before I started cutting. Left some nasty scars too.
     
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