I am diagnosed with an O.C.D. disorder known as (CSP) Compulsive Skin Picking. I began picking obsessively after being prescribed Adderall to treat my Adult A.D.H.D. I have visible scars all over my body & face from years of picking. They begin as 3D bumps which look somewhat like a whitehead or ingrown hair. Some will pop & discharge what looks to be white puss on the outside. Others however will pop inward, creating a bruised like bump permanently on the skins surface; meaning the discharge is sealed beneath the skin & no amount of picking will release it. I have been using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy recently which has helped but I still occasionally give in and am left with open sores all over my arms, legs, face, breasts, back etc. After picking, sometimes for over 8 hours without realizing it, I have MASSIVE anxiety & am extremely hypersensitive. My sores hurt and are noticeably visible as they turn into scabs; constantly reminding me of the shame I am feeling & disgust of myself. I'll be stuck in long sleeves & pants when it's 100 degrees outside & become very isolated & paranoid about people's reactions. I am prescribed Luvox CR (200mg.), Effexor XR (150mg.), & Propranolol (20mg. x3 per day). I also take Vistoril (100mg.) for anxiety as needed & take Synthroid (.50mg) for Hypothyroidism. I have tried just about everything out there & am desperately searching for any other treatment for the skin to heal open sores from compulsive skin picking. If there is any eastern alternative medicine, a specific medication or a combination of different prescription meds., or a notable healing treatment/essential oil/cream to heal the skin ASAP, please let me know!
*Not suggesting that by finding a cure to heal the skin, I will continue to pick; simply looking for suggestions to be used in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
*Other Daily meds. that may contribute to the disorder:
- Daytrana (40mg. patch for A.D.H.D.)
- Strattera (60mg. also for A.D.H.D.)
- Trazadone (150mg. for sleep)
- Tofranil (100mg. regulates sleep/wake cycle)