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Addicted to picking scalp and running fingers through hair? - March 5th 2012, 03:33 AM

I find that a lot of the time I will be running my fingers through my hair to feel my scalp, and then if I find a lump or something I will pick at my scalp in that area until it hurts or the piece of dry skin or whatever comes off. Sometimes I don't even realize I'm doing it right away. It doesn't matter if I'm in school or am home, I'll still do it. A lot of the time my mom even tells me to get my fingers out of my hair. Is this an addiction and is it a problem since I pick? Or is it just a bad habit? I find it hard to stop doing. Thanks all!


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Re: Addicted to picking scalp and running fingers through hair? - March 5th 2012, 04:17 AM

I would call this just a bad habit. I actually catch myself doing this a lot too and I almost find it soothing? I don't know But I would compare it to someone who bites all their fingernails off or chews on their hair.



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Re: Addicted to picking scalp and running fingers through hair? - March 7th 2012, 09:41 AM

Haha, I do that too, but I would just say it's a small habit, it's not really doing any damage, so long as you don't pick until it bleeds. As for running your hands through your hair, it's naturally soothing to people. For whatever reason, I'm not entirely sure. I know that with me, my mom would run her hands through my hair to put me to sleep as a toddler, and I picked it up, even putting myself to sleep that way as a toddler. It's just soothing, nothing to worry about.


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Re: Addicted to picking scalp and running fingers through hair? - March 11th 2012, 09:12 PM

I do it too Like all the time! It irritates my mum s lot But I still do it Its like I am addicted and can't stop.



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Re: Addicted to picking scalp and running fingers through hair? - March 11th 2012, 09:45 PM

I do the picking sometimes too, and running your hands through your hair... I use to do that because I had longer hair (I now have a shorter hair cut) and had to do that because my hair would get tangled again, and again, no matter if I combed it in the morning or not.


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