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LunaBloodmist

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Does anyone else have a tendency to self harm at themselves? . I have so many scars and scabs on my face...I look like a meth-head. I have hormonal acne and hair growth due to PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and it's pretty disheartening as an adult. My diet isn't the best, either. I have a compulsion to self harm in my face. Sometimes I don't even know I'm doing it. I'm sure it's anxiety related. I have a rough time getting into a face care routine. Anyone have a similar experience? If so, what helps you?
 
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There is a condition known as trichotillomania, where it's the head hair, eyebrows and eyelashes that get fiddled with and pulled on - you sound to have the facial/spots/blemishes version of that. I must confess that I've no idea how that would be treated, though. I hope you beat this habit/compulsion.
 
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This one would probably be Dermatillomania. Do you do it because it feels like a compulsive act or because you want to hurt yourself?
 
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This one would probably be Dermatillomania. Do you do it because it feels like a compulsive act or because you want to hurt yourself?
It's not because I want to damage myself. I definitely don't like looking this way. But it is very much a compulsion. I am constantly told to stop touching my face. Sometimes I don't know I'm doing it. I haven't really met anyone with the same issue or found solutions. If I use a fidget toy when driving, it's not so bad. Idk 😕
 
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Definitely sounds more like the thing I said then. It's related to OCD and there is plenty of OCD linkage with Bipolar too, so not a surprise. I'd avoid using the term 'self-harm' as that will make people - us, and the professionals - think other things, which it's clearly not about.

Some info and tips on helping to stop it here: Skin picking disorder
 
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Definitely sounds more like the thing I said then. It's related to OCD and there is plenty of OCD linkage with Bipolar too, so not a surprise. I'd avoid using the term 'self-harm' as that will make people - us, and the professionals - think other things, which it's clearly not about.

Some info and tips on helping to stop it here: Skin picking disorder
I didn't use the term self harm, it was moderated 🤷‍♀️ anyway thanks for the info
 
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