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Ups and Downs

Yesterday was a horrible day for picking. Don't know what got into me. Guess my nerves were in a ball, but I had gone for a walk that day and listened to music, so I shouldn't have been that bad off. Are there just times when nothing but a tranquilizer will sedate you? Today was alot better. maybe OCD isn't always triggered by stress. Is it only something that can be managed by drugs? I really hope not. All I need is another pill I have to pay a ton for. Derm told me to talk to my family doc

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/28/10

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11/23/10

 

Its not an all or nothing thing

I think when people try to stop picking, it's an all or nothing thing. They think that you have to go all day without picking one single spot for it to count as a sucsessful day. But I don't think thats how it is. Just like with smoking. Some people find it easier to go cold turkey, for others they have to wean themselves off of it. Some people have to wean themselves off of picking. Perhaps picking a few less spots a day. Or for me, I'm not even keeping track, I'm just making sure that I'm awar

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/26/10

 

A Breakthough Last Night

I have found yet another way to curb my desire to pick at night. For some time now I've owned an app on my iphone called pizizz. Basically what it is is a music/soundtrack that helps you fall asleep. But it's more than just relaxation music. It actually forms waves of sound and rhythm that emulate sleeping patterns, therefore lulling you to sleep easier. Also it regenerates the pattern of noises you hear each night so you won't come to expect the same thing each night, which apparently isn't

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/24/10

 

It's all me

So I've come to the conclusion that it isn't practical nor very nice to put the responsibility of my happiness in someone else's hands. I'm just going to have to figure out a way to make myself "Just Do It!" I've started reading a book called "Breaking the Procrastination Habit" Ironically I've tried to start reading it before and quit after the first chapter. So I will post my thoughts on this book as I work my way through it. There's nothing wrong with having an inspirational person in your

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/23/10

 

Mental Blocks

So I got to thinking about the stress reliving activities I listed. The best activities that meet the criteria are: excersizing (even though I don't always like it, I admit that I always feel good after I do it) Painting Gardening Dancing Bike Riding These are all things I enjoy doing, relativly free or inexpensive, legal, and proven to be healthy ways to manage stress. Only one problem. I have this problem with not being a good self-starter if it isn't something someone

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/23/10

 

Behavior replacement therapy

I think this is my best bet. If skin picking is caused by my need to manage anxiety, than I need to find some other activity to relive my stress load. Something healthy and enjoyable. No I don't think snapping my wrist with a rubber band is going to help. How does that manage stress. I don't think it does. Its the same as a reminder, like my husband swatting my hand away from my face. It doesn't address the stress that's making me do it in the first place. No I don't think wear

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/23/10

 

Why I don't think OCD is the same as a habit

So think about it....OCD is a mental disorder that causes someone to do something that they find is near impossible to stop because of some undefined drive in them. Perhaps it's a learned behavior like a habit is. But unlike a habit there is usually a deeper cause than just that it's something you're used to doing. For me it seems tied into my anxiety issues. I don't know where in my past I learned to pick my skin in order to cope with stress rather than biting my nails or excersizing, or he

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/23/10

 

Last Night I Got to Thinking

So they say to stop obsessive behavior you have to get to the root of the cause. What causes me to pick at my skin? I don't think it's as obvious as one answer. I've come up with three things: 1. The irrational side of my brain thinks that picking at a scab or pimple with either make it go away faster or make it look better. Even though I know better. When does this cause for me come into play usually? - Mostly when I'm doing my nightly ritual getting ready for bed, cleaning my face,

Misselissa

Misselissa

08/23/10

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