When my cat died in July of 2014, I was absolutely devastated and I took to writing to pay a tribute to him- a life that encouraged me through my darkest times and loved me unconditionally for 15 years. I told myself that there is no pain in the world as great as losing him,… Read more »
Posts Tagged: isolation
The following article was rejected by The Huffington Post due to its length and although it isn’t discussing Dermatillomania, I felt it was relevant to publish here as it concerns mental health in general and affects many of us with this condition due to the lack of awareness of it, stigma surrounding it, and the… Read more »
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) is the term for a group of Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders that describes someone who engages in a chronic behavior causing damage to oneself repetitively, often in order to feel psychological relief. These disorders are not yet well-known to the public which causes many roadblocks for sufferers who are seeking… Read more »
A lot of people ask me how I had the courage to “come out” and advocate for an illness so shameful that most of the world doesn’t even know it exists. Some believe that picking your skin is a “disgusting habit” or that engaging in this behavior on a compulsive level is an indicator of… Read more »
With warm weather arriving in my neck of the woods, I am reminded why the carefree air of the summer is really a prison for those of us who are permanently scarred and unable to conjure the confidence in wearing what we want when facing the general public. Tank tops, shorts, skirts, and even sandals… Read more »
I have grown a bit concerned about a certain mentality among many skin pickers, one that I used to have myself in the form of reasoning how severely affected someone’s life is with Dermatillomania based on how many marks are present on the skin.