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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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The Best Way to Describe Depression to a "Non-Believer"

The Best Way to Describe Depression to a “Non-Believer”

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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 […]

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How Media Pushes Us to Thrive for Perfect Skin

How Media Pushes Us to Thrive for Perfect Skin

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All too often we are introduced to images through our televisions, cell phones, tablets, and computers that do not correctly portray reality. Many activists challenge the images of “the ideal body” by exposing how already gorgeous models and celebrities are slimmed down to a size 0 using photo/ video editing software. On a conscience level, […]

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You Understand Less, When You Claim You Do

You Understand Less, When You Claim You Do

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In an honest effort to connect and relate to someone in a situation you have never been in before, would you ever tell:

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"My Skin Picking Is Worse Than Yours"

“My Skin Picking Is Worse Than Yours”

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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.

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