I have been doing this for many, many years. I think I started it as a teenager as a method to deal with stress. My parents never noticed and neither did my ex (which is strange since we were together for 14 yrs). I never thought much of it until I was watching a show about it.
I've since researched it on the internet. My dd told me the other day that she noticed that I scratch my head a whole lot more when I'm stressed.
There are times that I'm really good about it. Then there are times like this past week where I seriously think I need a new way of dealing with stress.
Anyone else do this? Any tips?
Putting this in money & work since those are my 2 biggest stressors right now.
Dermatillomania. It's a subset of a variety of impulse control disorders or Body focused repetitive behaviors. (sometimes it's classified with OCD sometimes with conditions such as tourettes). Sometimes it can be influenced by diet, most often by stress. Some people have show improvement by decreasing caffeine and increasing water. Some people have found NA supplements to be helpful. In either case the best advice would always be talk to your doctor and even a counselor to determine what your triggers are and methods of coping to decrease the behavior or find a viable alternate such as a tangle toy etc.
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