Dermatillomania – My video to Dr. Phil

One of the very first videos I made about my Dermatillomania. Never before has this video been uploaded until now. This was filmed in 2008 when I was 19 years old and before I knew that my condition had a name. You can tell in my video that I have no idea what I suffer from or that there are other sufferers out there as I still refer to my condition as “scratching” which is the only name I knew for it growing up. This is painful for me to watch and intimidating for me to upload but I’m hoping in sharing this it may be able to help others out there. It’s also a way of showing how far I’ve come in this battle over the years. There will be more videos to come over the following days and weeks containing old footage of myself describing my struggles with Dermatillomania – so stay tuned!

Posted on June 25, 2013, in Depression, My YouTube Videos, Picking and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. This is heart-wrenching x

  2. While I may be working with the Dr Phil Show soon; I have no link there at this point. I have pressed your post and will help to get you exposure. I appreciate your candidness and I felt your plea, deeply.

    There was a taping recently in which a woman with the same or similar disorder as you was on. Did you see it? I will try to find the link and send it to you if you haven’t.

    Keep smiling! You are a beautiful young lady! ❤

    • Hi Cassie thank you for stopping by my blog! Words cannot express how grateful I would be if you could help me get exposure… so many people with this disorder are suffering in silence & the more exposure we can get the more people we can reach. I know that Dr. Phil is a fantastic platform for helping others & I sincerely hope you land the position of working with him (I checked out your blog too by the way and I loved it!).

      I think I may have seen the segment you are talking about: “Distorted Beauty”. Unfortunately the sufferer April looked as though she had nothing wrong with her skin which made it look as though this condition is “all in our heads”. What we really need is someone to appear on the show who has badly damaged skin so people can see just how real this disorder is & how much pain & suffering it causes to its victims.

      Aww and thank you 🙂 that means a lot! ♥

      • I’m sorry it took so long to reply, but I just found out how to get to my messages today.

        I agree with your comment regarding “Distorted Beauty”. It did seem that nothing was much the matter with her, but I was quite convinced the disorder was very real to her and I guess it worked well enough for the purpose of the show.

        I will be hearing back from the show on Monday and I’m fairly confident that my position will be confirmed. I’m not too sure if the good doctor would fly someone from australia to California, but you just never know. I was moved deeply by your video, as you know, and anything I can do to further your cause I’m all in!

        Just know that I will be here and available for anything you may want to talk about. Anytime! 🙂 If you want to post some info about the illness you suffer with on my page; I would be glad to do it. Keep Smiling! 🙂

      • That’s ok 🙂 I’ve been struggling to figure out how to respond to this one until today!

        Wishing you all the best for Monday… I have my fingers and toes crossed for you! If it came down to distance in the end, I would pay to fly myself over and appear on his show – anything I can do to get the word out about this illness and I will most likely do it. Within reason of course hehe 🙂 And thank you for your help in furthering my cause! It means so much to me and everyone else who suffers with this.

        And thank you so much for your kind words and the opportunity to post some info about my illness on your page. Just let me know what you’d like the focus to be and how many words and I will make a start on it. 😀

      • I know very little about the condition you suffer from, but I am interested, and you do have my ear. I figure you are the expert on this one. I guess just start with an overview of the condition and as I learn more; I will have more questions? 500 words or less to start? Does that sound good for you?

      • Sounds great 🙂 I will make a start on it as soon as possible! Thank you for this opportunity!

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