head picking until bleeding

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by lulumoon, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. lulumoon

    lulumoon Active Member

    I pick my at my scalp when I feel anxious so much so it bleeds gets raw and sore. It helps release the anxiety but It is becoming noticeable. My head hurts when I wash my hair but I feel relief when it bleeds. Does anyone else do this how do you stop??
     
  2. Tea_at_Four

    Tea_at_Four Staff Alumni

    Hello Lulumoon. I've had a struggle with skin-picking for many years, and now that I've reached middle age, the places on my forehead which saw the most picking have light brown patchy scarring all over. This is a normal response of skin to years of harm, and if i'd known what would happen... well, i'd have sought some professional help long ago while I still had health insurance.

    As for ways to stop... These days i try to keep my hands occupied with something else. I took up knitting to keep my hands busy, but I still have to be aware of what my fingernails are doing while I'm on the computer. The big thing for me is to catch myself when the mindless scratching starts.
     
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