I pick my scabs bad! I remember I had the chicken pox in the first grade and my parents and teachers used to say "stop picking" because i would pick at my chicken pox scabs. I am now 43 years old female and i have a chronic case of picking my scabs all over my body, but not my face or head, like some others do. I pick on my arms, legs, hips, stomach, breasts, back, buttocks, everywhere! I have been on Prozac since 1992 for depression. and I still have what i call "breakouts" where i pick and pick. I have about 15 open sores on my body, mostly my upper arms. I use my fingernails, but have used tweezers, razor blades, pins, and other tools to pick at my skin. but lately mostly i just use my fingernails. When i was a little kid, my mom made me wear gloves or mittens on my hands so i wouldn't pick. I've tried everything: putting bandaids on, applying lotion and/or creams, cutting my fingernails short, etc....but nothing has preventing me from picking. One time i picked all of my fingernails and toenails completely off! I am so disgusted by this behavioir, my family and friends give me guff about it saying i'm going to get an infection or maybe even an amputation. I am also diabetic so i worry about infections and amputations and also staph infection. I'm embarrassed and shameful about picking, i try to hide it from people, but in summer time it's hard to hide the scabs. Another ritual type behavior i have is that once i pick off the scabs i line them up on my leg or table and then i move them around in my hand for a while and then i eventually throw them in the garbage. I've thought of saving them in a jar just to see how they can accumulate. Is this weird or what??? Please give me info on why and how to treat this OCD condition.
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