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Skin Picking Support

Awareness and Advocacy for Excoriation Disorder

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BFRB Virtual Support Groups

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With 2020 bringing us the pandemic and its associated stresses, many dermatillomania and BFRB in-person peer support groups have transitioned to an online format! While BFRBhalifax is still open to Nova Scotia residents, I created Skin Picking Support on Facebook to provide monthly support through virtual meetings. If you are unable to attend Skin Picking […]

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My Challenges During Pregnancy

My Challenges During Pregnancy

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Despite being in recovery from dermatillomania since 2015 with a few minor blips along the way, I wasn’t sure what to expect from my skin picking disorder when I became pregnant in May of 2019. With body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) having links to hormones I prepared myself that my recovery success could fall apart during […]

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The #1 Misconception About Dermatillomania

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Awareness for dermatillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (bfrbs) has magnified over the last decade. In 2013, the DSM 5 recognized compulsive skin picking as “excoriation disorder”, categorizing it under a new “obsessive-compulsive and related disorders” section in the mental health diagnostic manual. While efforts have gone a long way to inform a higher percentage […]

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Resource Review: Sandy Rosenblatt's "Doesn't It Hurt?..."

Resource Review: Sandy Rosenblatt’s “Doesn’t It Hurt?…”

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Similar to the Project Dermatillomania series, Doesn’t It Hurt? Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers by Sandy Rosenblatt is a compilation of real stories from people who have trichotillomania. As suggested in the title of this anthology, trichotillomania is a disorder that causes a person to pull out their hair compulsively. In the last diagnostic manual […]

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How to Accept Your Dermatillomania

How to Accept Your Dermatillomania

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It’s hard to gain acceptance about a condition that you didn’t want and never asked for. The difficulty in coming to terms with having a chronic disorder that causes lesions on the skin can be overwhelming in day-to-day life. How can a person look at their skin and be okay with what they see? This […]

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Resource Review: Laura Barton's "Project Dermatillomania: Written on Our Skin"

Resource Review: Laura Barton’s “Project Dermatillomania: Written on Our Skin”

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In being the second title in the series, Project Dermatillomania: Written on Our Skin (PD2) provides a vivid look into the lives of many women who have Excoriation Disorder (aka “Dermatillomania”). The 116 pages of this collective includes poems, personal stories, and artwork that conveys the severity of this often misunderstood disorder while providing intimate […]

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I Needed BFRB Awareness in Grade School

I Needed BFRB Awareness in Grade School

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It wasn’t until the end of my first semester of my first year in university that I first heard the term Psychogenic Excoriation. In December of 2004, it was my Dermatologist who broke the news that the marks on my skin were the result of a psychological influence rather than a physical one. As someone […]

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The Fetishization of Dermatillomania

The Fetishization of Dermatillomania

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With awareness of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) beginning to gain traction across the world, it is important to discuss how disorders such as Dermatillomania affects a person’s quality of life. From social isolation to embarrassment of marks, most people who compulsively pick at their skin keep it a secret so that they won’t be judged […]

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Leaving Anxiety Class Was Better for my Mental Health

Leaving Anxiety Class Was Better for my Mental Health

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“Why are you challenging me, Angela?” When the lead therapist abruptly cut me off in anxiety group with ten other clients during the fourth week of anxiety class, it felt like I had gone from a safe learning environment to being put in the hot seat. Immediately, I felt my body flush with a stark […]

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How Pokemon Go is Bringing My Life Back

How Pokemon Go is Bringing My Life Back

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I was only twelve years old when my cousin first introduced me to a game boy emulator with the first generation of Pokemon games downloaded on it. I had never played a game as captivating as Pokemon Blue and by the end of the visit at my aunt’s house, I was told that four hours […]

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