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    scabs

    I appreciate the feedback. From his site and several others the closest common diagnosis is that I have a OCD. I'm going to start searching threads along behavior modifications to that "condition". Consciousness of the problem/effects, attentiveness and intentionally stopping does not help. I pick until it hurts. The origin of the scabs dates to miniscule injuries or pimples on my scalp that I never seem to be able to let the natural course to heal. In the course of the past 5 years of the life of this behavior, no new sites get to heal, so what started as one tiny pinhead size clear"scab' - I think maybe a lymph rather than blood based scab, like a grain of fine salt, eventually gets to be a 1/4 " diameter skin cell and a bit of blood. the compulsion to scratch begins with a sensation at the location, then I seem unable to resist exploring the my scalp for other site.

    If anyone has any success in addressing this sort of behavior I'd like to know. What hasn't helped me may help someone else.

    I appreciate the contact & information over the time I've been a member.

    Krcaddis...
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    I'm a scab picker too!

    Sarah, I am soo relieved that I am not the only one who does this! I have a problem with seeing patches of dead skin(dandruff) and I get kind of a rush out of scraping it and watching the dandruff fall! I also peek at it on my fingernails and end up with scabs. I have scabs and I pisk at them constantly. To me, its a form of picking on myself, as a result of inner critical thoughts that keep it going! This drives my mom crazy!

    Also, if I see patches of dandruff on my moms head, I have this overwhelming urge to scrape it up just to watch the dandruff fall! She won't let me though.

    I avoid men's heads because I really think they have "cooties" I am 32 if a man in front of me scratches his head, I am thinking "Cooties falling - DODGE!"

    She says I am scratching my 'glump" I have shoulder length hair and I will scratch under layers to find dandruff.

    Bye for now,

    miss clean

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    Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    I too, must admit that I have this problem. I tend to still get a lot of pimples on my scalp, and they tend to itch. I often find myself scratching my scalp. I don't mean to, but sometimes I hit one and it results in scabbing. My wife hates it when I do it, but I can't help it. It seems, I especially scratch a lot when I watch tv. I don't mean to pick scabs, it just happens.

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    picking scalp

    When i was a little kid, i used to pick at scabs on my arms. it grosses me out, so i dont know why i did it. i look back now, and think it was stress since my parents were getting divorced. i always wore long sleeves, from like 1st grade to 5th grade. my mom took me to a dermatologist and i got special lotion with tons of vitamin e. it went away a little bit, then i guess i grew out of it. then, in high school, i started picking at my scalp. it was the same at my arms when i was little, except on my head...it was really hard to stop, and took me a long time. i have really thick shoulder length hair, so i didnt want to put any spray or lotion on it. what i used was head and shoulders before my regular shampoo. the head and shoulders shampoo quickly helped my scabs to heal, and as long as i could go a couple days without picking they would disappear...its gone now, but i definitely think its caused by stress. and i always did it subconsciously. i dont have any of it anymore, but sometimes i find myself scratching and have to quickly find something else to keep my hands busy.

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    miss clean...also prayerbear
    I am still struggling with scab peeling and the overwhelming temptation. Has anyone else conquered this?

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    I didn't read any of these other posts (which is probably a bad idea) but I can most definitely relate to your title and description.

    When I was younger I picked obsessively at scabs on my head to the point that the hair just wasn't in certain spots anymore. The scabs first started from a game I played at a birthday party that consisted of smashing flour-filled eggs on eachothers' heads. This broke the skin, caused a small scab, and after I found that it just got bigger and bigger. Probably an inch and a half space on the very top of my head and then a couple of other spots around my ears and the bottom of my neck that I developed later just from scratching really hard on the same spot when the scabs from before couldn't be picked. Its gross, I know, but it was satisfying at the time and I didn't know I was even doing it more often than not.

    Eventually I stopped, and assumed I just grew out of it. Then, by chance, I read about how ritalin and some other ADD medications can cause this behavior--most especially if you are being over-medicated. I can't remember where I read this, just that it was the right explination for my case. When I stopped the ADD medication completely, I stopped picking the scabs. I also gained the normal weight a girl my age should have already had and generally felt better.

    Basically, I was over-medicated and it resulted in OCD-like behaviors.

    I'm sure someone already mentioned this, but I just wanted you to know that the SAME EXACT thing happened to me. Try cutting your fingernails so short that picking just isn't an option, too, if what I said didn't hit home in some way. Like I said, I stopped around the time that I quit using the ADD medication I was prescribed.

    Oh yeah! (Sorry, I keep thinking of things) I had a friend on a volleyball team in highschool who had scabs on her head she would pick and she took medicine for anxiety or OCD or something to keep from doing it.

    Thats all I have.

    Good luck, love!

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    Just to add.

    No one should decrease their medications without first consulting their prescribing doctor. Only their doctor can deturmine of it is safe for the individual to lower their dosage or stop taking medications.

    PrayerBear, have you spoken to your Therapist, Psychologist or Psychiatrist regarding the picking? If not, that would be the best place to start.

    I use to pick as well and eventually just stopped. Not sure why or how. There was no change in meds etc. Maybe just a change in stress levels, but I am unsure.

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    thanks for posting this on line as i too find myself wth this problem and know now it is just probably due to anxiety and stress im under thanks for ideas to stopping it

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    Hi

    I too am a picker generally. I do it especially when I am stressed. I have been picker (scratched bit my nails and fingers and sometimes scalp) for over 40 years.
    I am trying hypnotherapy this week. Will let you know how I get on.

    Sue

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    Re: Obsessive Scalp Scab Picking

    Good luck Sue.

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