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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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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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~ 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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Beneath the Layers

Beneath the Layers

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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 […]

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