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06 May 2004

Why do I do this?
Hi Doc
Please help me, I feel like a real nutcase!
I have a really good skin, but every couple of day (sometimes everyday) I will pick at it, badly. Which of course creates a problem then I hate myself and can't think why I did it in the first place?Its not only on my face that I do this either, I have created problems on my arms even on my legs, actually to be honest everywhere!!! I seem to be obsessed with ingrown hairs too!!!!!!What is wrong with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hello Bee,
Actually, this is a quite well-recognized problem, called by various names, including "self-excoriation", and can be helped. See a good psychiatrist for an in-depth assessment of what has led yo into this bad habit, and for advice, which might include some medication ( as there's an obsessive-compulsive aspect to it ) and perhaps also some psychological behaviour therapy, to help you end it, and find better hobies and pastimes !
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