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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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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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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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A Decade- Long Journey with Dermatillomania

A Decade- Long Journey with Dermatillomania

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It has been one decade since my journey in FOREVER MARKED: A Dermatillomania Diary began. It was unknown to my nearly 20 year old self that I was writing a book back in 2006; I was only trying to find a safe outlet for depressive thoughts surrounding my compulsive skin picking while expressing what I […]

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My Disorder is Not For Your Exploitation

My Disorder is Not For Your Exploitation

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Earlier this month my Dermatillomania recovery story hit many major news outlets in the UK. I saw two variations of the same article on Daily Mail and Mirror, I knew I had been duped because I had not given permission to have it published, as I was promised when I had been contacted by a […]

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Why Everyone Should Participate in #BFRBweek

Why Everyone Should Participate in #BFRBweek

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Join me in raising worldwide awareness for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) from Oct. 1st- 7th!

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60 Reasons Why We Need BFRB Awareness

60 Reasons Why We Need BFRB Awareness

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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 […]

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10 Easy Ways for Effective Advocacy

10 Easy Ways for Effective Advocacy

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You have a magnificent cause that you are dedicated to because it motivates you in ways that no other topic does. Maybe this cause represents change you want to see in the world or perhaps you couldn’t imagine being in the shoes of someone who this cause represents. Another possibility is that a loved one […]

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BFRB Ribbons for Awareness Week!

BFRB Ribbons for Awareness Week!

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With support for Dermatillomania, Trichotillomania, and other BFRB’s expanding worldwide a new awareness ribbon that represents this community has been established! Not only do these green with blue ribbons help to raise more awareness, they help us all connect to each other “in the real world”. Just pin one on your backpack or on an […]

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~ The Derma Project ~

Empowerment Through Advocacy

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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 […]

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12 Dermatillomania Myths Dispelled

12 Dermatillomania Myths Dispelled

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With the DSM 5 now officially released, it is imperative that we eliminate all misconceptions about Dermatillomania (aka, “Excoriation Disorder”) and spread the word before these ideas become the majority thought. Many of us have already heard many of the myths listed below, so we need to make sure that these reflections don’t become accepted […]

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Happy Old Year!

Happy Old Year!

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After rendezvousing with the holidays, the next widely celebrated event is the New Year. I’ve always felt a hesitation with this one because there are so many hopes, wants, and desires a lot of people strive to gain but end up feeling like a failure when the “New Year’s Resolution” adrenaline fades out (usually by […]

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