YOU ARE NOT ALONE: REAL LIFE STORIES
Anonymous Notes From Picky People – It’s Not a Laughing Matter
I went to one dermatologist and he just laughed at my concern and told me not to worry. He said to just stop picking at my skin and I’d be ok. Another dermatologist simply suggested I take tetracycline or get on Retin A, but I told him I didn’t want to take drugs to clean up my skin. So he said try Benzoil Peroxide. Another time I went to a girl dermatologist and my skin was looking better that day. She suggested some cleanser and acid masks that would help to reduce the discoloration of the old scars from old picks.
I don’t get why these people who supposedly went to medical school and all didn’t realize that I had a serious problem and I needed medical attention. As I start to learn more about my problem, I just get angrier and angrier about these so called doctors were not diagnosing me and getting me the professional help I needed.
I have started to think of myself as like an alcoholic who is compelled to do what I do. Before I know it – I am in front of a mirror and picking, almost unconsciously and don’t really come to my senses until I’m done and looking at the mess I’ve made – like a hangover after a bender. And then I go back, jack, and do it again…
When I have fought the urge to pick I get his incessant craving to do it. It is so strong. I think I know what an alcoholic must go through. You just have to get your fix to sooth your nerves. I think that the key for me will be finding something else to resolve that craving until I can break my habit completely.