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…and now I’m bleeding everywhere

dermastuff:

-the story of a skin picker

Quite often, those struggling with Dermatillomania or Trichotillomania have developed picking and pulling in an effort to control or avoid uncomfortable emotions. Engaging in these impulsive behaviors provides a way to “check out” emotionally, and gives the sufferer temporary relief. But the…

diaryofaskinpicker:

I think this will be the biggest BFRB Awareness Weeks ever. At least as far as I can remember. I see a lot of people posting and tagging and getting really excited.

This is our big chance to inform people about these disorders and raise awareness about picking and pulling and all the other…

Rationalizations that are lies:

lifewithdermatillomania:

skincrimes:

"I’ll just pick a whole bunch now to get it out of my system."

Do not trust this thought. Ever.

Exactly what I did yesterday and trust me it doesn’t end well…

You own a home, have a family, and are generally happy but have been feeling “off” lately. You work hard, you are feeling more tired than usual, and don’t know why. One day, you return from work and sit down to watch some television to unwind from your hard day. Your family hasn’t come home yet so you head to the kitchen to fix yourself a PB & J sandwich to tie yourself over until supper…

If you know someone who doesn’t believe in depression or any other mental illness, please share it so they can begin to comprehend what it is we go through.

If you know someone who doesn’t believe in depression or any other mental illness, please share it so they can begin to comprehend what it is we go through.

determinedfingers:

Just because you’ve picked again or you relapsed or you did something that might not be the best for your recovery doesn’t mean you should be too hard on yourself. Taking it out on yourself even more will only make things harder. Take some time for yourself, relax. It’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to not be perfect. You’re trying to move forward and that’s what’s important.

To memorialize my late cat, Angel (aka “Piggy”). He passed away at 16 years old on July 22nd, 2014 after having diabetes for 11 years.It was difficult finding a body part without scars from my Dermatillomania but this ended up to be the purrfect spot for it. He will now always be on my side. <3 (It kind of makes me want to wear short shorts despite having scarred- up legs!)

To memorialize my late cat, Angel (aka “Piggy”). He passed away at 16 years old on July 22nd, 2014 after having diabetes for 11 years.

It was difficult finding a body part without scars from my Dermatillomania but this ended up to be the purrfect spot for it. He will now always be on my side. <3 

(It kind of makes me want to wear short shorts despite having scarred- up legs!)

canadianbfrb:

BFRB Awareness Week is coming, and we’ve got a lot planned! Here’s the first release of what we’re doing, and we need your participation for it!

trichjournal:

Although I want awareness and help for all, I really dislike how TLC are turning into ‘BFRB’s Organisation’. They appear to be rebranding on all social media and also rebranding their products/awareness info. (Though they still work under Trich.org and call their conferences TLC).

In my opinion,…

I’ve battled with this thought myself in the past Rebecca, especially because I do not consider myself to have Trichotillomania. I wrote a blog post awhile back about how interwoven Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania are and how Trichotillomania affects me. This is especially important to me because we (the Derma side of the community) have ridden the coat tails of the Trichotillomania community until we formally got our diagnosis in the DSM 5 in May of 2013.

I agree that both are stand alone diagnoses, just like how breast cancer and brain cancer are separate but are under the universal umbrella of “cancer”. Trich and Derma are the same in that we are not conventionally self-harming (the intent is not to feel pain), are based on impulses, have the same treatments… they virtually are the same issue but instead manifested differently on our bodies.

Let’s take Sophie for example. I was shocked when meeting the trichsterfilm crew that she kept saying she had Trichotillomania but has legs just like mine. While I do not know her full back story or whether or not she pulls elsewhere, picking and pulling lead to the same damage and both are driven by the same need (whether or not conscious).

I overall disagree with your thoughts although I still don’t feel comfortable saying that I understand the plights of the Trich- side of the community completely. But the same goes for how the disorders manifest in individuals. I know people who only pull from their eyelashes and eyebrows, then I know others who only pull from their scalp. I know people who pick at their face only, others who pick at their arms only, and others who pick all over. In all of these people, some do it daily, chronically, while others do it only during periods of stress. In time, I believe there will have to be sub-categories of each to explain the pathology and even causation of each one.

I think we need to come together as misunderstood disorders that need more exposure and research so we can work toward the same goals. Research continues to point out that Trich and Derma are in a category of its own, even if it’s only in the “Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders” category in the DSM 5.

On the same note, never feel pressured to talk about anything you aren’t comfortable with. I know you’ve been open about certain parts of your skin picking but you never have to become what others think you should be or do what they believe you should. We’re all entitled to open up at our own paces, even as public speakers of these disorders like we are- we still have boundaries and are not obligated to feed the public with any detail that we aren’t comfortable with. Please never forget this. <3 

I do believe, too, that each disorder should still stand alone in its own right but completely separating them disregards the merit behind the studies that have been done proving how similar they are. Education is needed to clear up any misconceptions about either disorder, whether it be about similarities, differences, or how they need to be approached in a clinical setting. tlcbfrb's rebranding doesn't take away from Trichotillomania awareness to add to the Dermatillomania cause. It, in my opinion, helps both efforts while still giving each disorder the focus it needs.

These disorders aren’t as black-and-white as we wish they were or else they wouldn’t be so complicated. By establishing similarities and seeing how much more they are linked and acknowledging it through BFRB categorization, we gain to benefit from it. It’s not merging the two disorders into one, it’s creating a stronger community with research opportunities to explore just how alike (and different) each are. Just my .02 cents.  :)

Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

Tom Clempsom

FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.

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