Hi there and welcome to my blog! A space I have created in this online world to share my story with others and to let people like me know that they are not alone out there. I’m a 24 year old female who has been suffering from Dermatillomania (the urge to pick at one’s own skin) since the age of 4. That means I’ve spent the last 20 years picking, pulling and tweezing at my own skin leaving me with many many scars, both pyhsically as well as mentally. I also suffer from depression, anxiety and other forms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, including the fear that every piece of food I eat is contaminated with bacteria and will make me ill.
For years I have struggled with the idea of putting myself out there. But what if people recognise me? Bully me? Make fun of me? Well you know what.. this is who I am. I may not like the person I am right now but I am on a journey. A journey of change. And I hope one day to be free of these terrible obsessions but in the meantime I will share my struggles, vent my thoughts and spread the word about Dermatillomania. A silent but dangerous obsession.
I also run a support group on Facebook which has helped to connect other sufferers and given them a safe space to share their pictures and their concerns with one another. It is a private group and can only be accessed by requesting to join. Check it out if you get the chance:
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Thanks for visiting my blog!