I was slightly curious...does anyone else harm themselves by picking at their skin? Officially it is called dermatillomania, a close cousin of trichotillomania (hair pulling). But my deep depression leads me to use my nails to gouge at my skin. It never hurts. Sometimes I don't realize how badly I've done it until there is quite a bit of blood (combined with poor clotting doesn't help). However, it isn't easy to hide for me, since I target my face. It looks like bad acne most of the time, unless I am having to staunch a bad bleeder. I guess it is kind of less obvious than cutting. What looks like acne is easier to conceal than cut marks. It brings me relief, until I feel shame for doing it. Most people have no idea what it really is. When I know I'm going to be seeing family, I scour my face with something abrasive to get rid of the scabs and smooth it out. Nobody asks questions or are any wiser.