Compulsive Scab Picking

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Mickmeister, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. sowhatifit'sdark Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, but then many leave them alone and others feel compelled to 'finish it'. I think there may be a personality trait (and/or cultural tendencies) that press certain people more than other to 'finish it' now. That the 'itching' is more compelling for some. I think they feel compelled to resolve that 'itch', whatever it is. Yes or no, rather than stage 3 between stages 1 and 23. Perhaps even my description is colored by a too binary categorization, but I do think there is a general pattern when people push towards resolution, often to their detriment - scars, unfeeling sex, zits that come back, etc.
     
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  3. Enmos Staff Member

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    Hmm don't kids just do that ?
    I used to pick scabs as a kid but my parents taught me to leave them alone because it wouldn't heal properly if I wouldn't.
    Couldn't it just be the absence of learning not to do it ?
     
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  5. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    My woman does that sometimes - goes through phases, sometimes stress on the job or whatever.

    Putting some kind of menthol-smelling gel stuff (something called "VapoRub" is the current brand) on the area seems to help - at night before bed, usually. I think the smell is part of the effect - calming, sort of.

    It never bothered me - just one of those quirks people have - but I discovered that it really bothered her. When she found this stuff that broke the compulsion she was really happy about it - a big weight off her mind.
     
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  7. sowhatifit'sdark Valued Senior Member

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    No, not just kids. Though I can only present anecdotal evidence, I am sure that at least some adults do this. Yes, I think we can be trained not to. I think some are harder to train than others. Also some realize that if they pick scabs they may not heal as fast or as well and vanity can override the urge. Still I think some have stronger tendencies.

    Yes, it could also be the absence of learning. I will never do the necessary research to find out if scab-pickers, for example, share traits with other 'rushers through processes'.
     
  8. Enmos Staff Member

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    I meant that if people never learned not to pick scabs as a kid, then that might be the reason they do it as adults.
    Of course we will probably never know for sure

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  9. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    OCD can manifest as it as well
     
  10. sowhatifit'sdark Valued Senior Member

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    that's what I meant by


    Not that it's framed clearly in the post.
     
  11. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

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    It's not necessarily self injury. Some people just find scabs really annoying.
     
  12. Enmos Staff Member

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    I just thought you misunderstood, then said the same thing lol
     
  13. Tweakerbell88 Registered Member

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    I am from Vancouver, BC, Canada.:m:
     
  14. Tweakerbell88 Registered Member

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    Thanx

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    for the idea ill try it out for sure i hope it works well i write it if it does! PACE!

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    Will Vicks Vapour Rub work the same? or is it a special type of face cream?
     
  15. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    ok your not in the US, have you gone and seen your GP about it?
    it sounds like your suffering OCD (but i am NOT giving you a definitive diognosis)
    If you do have OCD you can get an SSRI and a referal to a phycologist who can help you with it

    You dont have to suffer it

    Ok i re read your post and you did say that you have OCD, ops

    But still there are treatments that can help
    SSRI's can be used to treat it while you fix the problem with behavoral theropy ect
     
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  16. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Vicks is the same kind of stuff, yes. Should work the same AFAIK, if it works. She doesn't focus on her face, usually - shoulders and upper arms. Where she gets, or used to get as a teenager, zits ? I dunno.
     
  17. Tweakerbell88 Registered Member

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    hi yah i used the vicks but it didnt help but i just got sum proactiv and its helping with my zit problem; however the ocd thing is going to take time i got sum anti-depressents to help with my anxiety and self consciencness and yes it is helping i just gotta focus on other things and not think about whats not even there!
     
  18. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    did you see a pycologist? They can help alot. Especially things like diaphramatic breathing
     
  19. Dr Mabuse Percipient Thaumaturgist Registered Senior Member

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    OCD and self injurious?... these 'diagnosticians' are amusing...

    scabs fear me... i make them my bitch...

    picking scabs is quite common... looking for a 'zit'... all of the grooming behavior in all primates... communal grooming included... it is a deep seated primal instinct and many act on it in many ways...
     
  20. stargazer7 Registered Member

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    Suggestion to heal scab picking?

    Just something I stumbled upon recently after I picked up the bad habit of picking from a scalp stitch that wasn't done correctly. As the problem is in my hair, I can't put band aids on them. I've had the problem for 3 years now and have tried numerous things. What's finally working for me is covering the offending hot spots with Chapstick SPF 15. It has a moisturizer (I've tried all sorts of creams and lotions and medicines, but I'd worry them all right off again by constant rubbing of the area). The wax in the chapstick isn't so easy and so far I've found it prevents the scab from forming. For two bucks it's worth a shot. If this helps one more person that will be terrific! And of course it's very benign - unlikely to cause over dryness and can be used on face or any part of the body without concern. Pax
     
  21. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    @ Stargazer7: if you've had an open sore on your head for any length of time, it would be best to go to a doctor, really! At this point there's almost certainly scarring, infection, or something funky going on.
     
  22. missydc Registered Member

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    My mother actually used to pick at my skin as a kid. I loved it, lol. She would pop pimples, pick at clogged pores, and pluck my eyebrows. I now do it myself.
     

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