RESOLUTION: ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST
Really Helpful Online Resources
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to create a support system. The following list offers you a springboard from which you can get more information and meet people who will support you on your quest to making peace with your critical self.
Support groups provide a forum for mutual acceptance and self-understanding. Through a support network you may uncover successful strategies for dealing with temptations to pick and you may even make new friends.
The listings below are not meant as an endorsement for any product service or group, but are presented merely to aid you in a search for knowledge. Due to the mercurial nature of the Internet, these web site links may from time to time, disappear or change. Check your local search engine for the most recent updates.
A group of private doctors have created StopPicking.com, the First On-line mental health program for pickers. This is a paid subscriber based interactive, behavioral program for reversing the habit.
There is a new discussion forum at http://skinpicking.com
Acne and Skin
Save Face was founded in 1992. Helps women to accept their faces just as they are. Provides a safe place to discuss feelings and experiences to reinforce positive sense of self. “We don’t make over faces, we make over attitudes.” Support group meetings, phone support. Assistance instarting groups. Center for Facial Integrity, P.O. Box 741, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 (973) 744-6429
ACNE NET American Academy of Dermatology – also by Roche Laboratories http://www.derm-infonet.com/acnenet
Acne Research Group a non profit organization which publishes a quarterly newsletter called Acne Profile. Their goals are to provide technicand professional assistance to groups engaged in acne therapeutics, provide public education, develop financial support for research, and promote communication and dialog regarding acne. 1587 Monrovia Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92663
National Skin Care Center – Acne page, Singapore 1995, – http://biomed.nus.sg/nsc
Anxiety Disorders Association of America provides a central clearinghouse for people with, and professionals interested in, the diagnosis and treatment of all anxiety disorders, including OCD. 6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 513, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 231-9350
Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy 305 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008, (212) 647-1890
Find a doctor who understands Anxiety Disorders at the Anxiety Disorders of America website: http://www.adaa.org
When interviewing a health professional for help, tell them you have already been diagnosed with compulsive skin picking and are looking for a new doctor. They will either know what you are talking about and help get you to the next step or not. If they aren’t familiar with Skin Picking as a disease, then you need to keep looking for someone who is knowledgeable enough to help you in this specific specialized area.
The Obsessive-Compulsive Information Center is staffed by medical librarians. It provides access to the published literature on OCD and publishes very useful guides concerning OCD and some related disorders, such as trichotillomania. 2711 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, WI 53562, (608) 836-8070 http://pages.prodigy.com/alwillen/ocf.html
The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (OCF) provides a forum for people with OCD and professionals interested in OCD. It distributes information and helps sponsor research on the nature and treatment of OCD and some related conditions. The OCF has self-help groups in many parts of the country and provides referrals to therapists, clinics, and self-help groups. OCF conducts an annual meeting at which the latest findings about OCD are presented and has recently begun training institutes to try to make CBT more widely available. Membership includes a newsletter and discounts for the annual meeting and OCF materials. P.0. Box 70, Milford, CT 06460-0070, 203-878-5669 / 203-874-3843 (recorded information)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Fairlite Consulting with a Bulletin for Community sharing. http://www.fairlite.com/ocd/
The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Expert Knowledge Systems LLC http://www.psychguides.com/ek_oche.htm
Other Important Groups
Acupressure Institute 1533 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709 (510) 845-1059
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 433 Front Street, Catasauqua, PA 18032 (610)433-2448
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 2366 Eastlake Ave., Suite 322, Seattle WA 98102 (206)323-7610
American Chiropractic Association, 1701 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22202 (703) 276-8800
American College for the Advancement of Medicine, 23121 Verdugo Drive, Suite 204, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
American Massage Therapy Association 820 Davis Street Suite 100 Evanston, IL 60201 (312) 761-2682
International Institute of Reflexology, P.O. Box 12642, St. Petersberg, FL 33733 (813) 343-4811
Internet Newsgroup – alt.support.skin-diseases
Natural Center for Homeopathy 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703)548-7790
Sharp Institute for Human Potential and Mind-Body Medicine 1110 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 (800) 82-SHARP
The Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) provides a central clearinghouse for people with, and professionals interested in, the diagnosis and treatment of tic disorders. Because tic disorders often overlap with OCD, the TSA has a wealth of information about the overlap between these two conditions. 42-40 Bell Boulevard, New York, NY 11361-2874, (718) 224-2999
World Research Foundation is a group dedicated to providing medical information on a variety of subjects, but offers some limited information on skin picking.