So I have lived with bipolar disorder for a while. Before that I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression before that, so I’ve been dealing a lot with typical healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms. From biting my nails to cutting I’ve seen it all. Now recently I’ve been severely depressed. The depression and many of its resulting issues are being currently treated by my doctor, my medication, and my therapist. I am seeking help and have a great support system to fall back on, but I have an oddly specific question and don’t know where to go.
I started (about a month ago) scratching my head as an unconscious action, similar to the way people don’t realize they bite their nails. But it’s gotten to a point where my scalp is destroyed it’s covered in bumps that feel like pimples, the skin is uneven, itching and occasional pain, and there’s many patches of bloody scabs.
I am worried that this could be a bad habit and I want some advice on if I should see someone about this specific problem or any ways to break habits like this even if it doesn’t necessarily pose immediate health risks.