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picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 02:29 PM

after i cut i usually pick my scabs. picking my scabs hurts so i think i do this to get some more self harm without actually cutting myself. i know it leaves a scar, but i think that picking the scabs is safer than cutting myself again. is this normal?
   
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Re: picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 03:48 PM

Yes it is normal. Many people who self harm themselves, pick their scabs. But I would recommend that you don't. Picking at your scabs can cause infections. Leave the scars alone, and let them heal. If you need help on quitting, you can talk to us. Don't be afraid to tell us what is on your mind. Don't think of it as being "safer". You are still harming your body. I don't' want you to hurt yourself. I don't know what you're going through, but I really hope you throw the blades away. Cutting isn't the solution to those problems. I just want you to be safe.


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Re: picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 05:11 PM

I know I do the same thing. It is a hard habit to fall out of and I know that I struggle with it every day. I have my left arm wrapped up right now to avoid picking at a huge scab that is already infected. I've been struggling with this since I was 11 years old. It is a habit that is unhealthy, but normal.

I hope that you find the help that you need. If you ever want to talk, I am here and just PM me.

I know wrapping my arm helps. Don't do bandaids. I would rip them off and then pick at the scab, so go for like a cheap wrap that you would use for a sprain. Those help me a lot.




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Re: picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 06:24 PM

Hey there

I'm glad that you have decided to do this instead of cutting for the fact that you're doing it because you're thinking about your safety. It's really important you try to stay safe if you self harm. However just because it might be safer than cutting doesn't mean it's completely safe and it doesn't make it any better. There are still ricks of infection etc which is a concern and the fact is you're doing it because you still want to hurt yourself.

I would say some self harmer's pick at scabs like you do but not every single person. And its something i don't encourage. There must still be something making you feel bad to even think about hurting yourself and you need to try and find a healthy way to express your thoughts and emotions so they don't build up and leaving you so bad to the point where you want to self harm.

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Re: picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 09:44 PM

I also pic the scabs, I either re-open the wound before it scabs properly or I wait and then pick them. I think anything to do with self-harm is normal well ab-normal and well if by not picking scabs it is less likely to scar that's always a good thing. PM me if you want to talk! Go in Peace <3


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Re: picking scabs - March 22nd 2011, 11:36 PM

I know what you mean. I think I could stop cutting if I wanted to enough, but picking is something I can NOT stop. Even while I'm picking I'm mad at myself thinking "I shouldent do this! it's gonna leave a nasty scar!! Ugh! Stop!" but I absoulty can not. I'm pretty sure it's normal, and I sometimes feel the same way; it's better to pick then cut again, but I'm really not sure.

I hope It helps to know you're not the only one . . .
   
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