Reasons people pull their hair or pick their skin, and some conditions that promote it

When trying to understand here pulling or skin picking, people often try to figure out why those behaviors are occurring. It might be that you, as the puller, want to know what things are related to your action; it might be that you, as a family member of someone who picks, want to know why your loved one is seeming to “do this to themselves”. It’s common to make the assumption Continue reading

The basics of treating hair pulling or skin picking by yourself

Hair pulling and skin picking habits seem, on their surface, like pretty straightforward problems. After all, aren’t these simply inabilities to resist an impulse to pull or to pick? That’s how the Diagnostic Manual describes these Impulse Control Disorders, as the failure to resist an impulse to do a certain thing. But to be successful, Continue reading