First of all, I wish to thank you all for your input. It is seriously a big help for me.
So ya know what I say, if it makes you feel comfortable, do it. I have taken medication for OCD and it dulls you out so bad that you basically have to feel nothing for it to go away. So if I take an additional 15 mins a day to do my compulsions, but I get to feel everything and experience life then I say its worth it.
Thanks for sharing with us. In my case, I think medication would be overkill; my situation is not extreme compared to some other cases, that's for sure.
You need to tell someone you trust about your feelings...a parent, teacher, doctor, clergy person so that you can get some help. There are medicines and support groups to help you feel in control without hurting yourself, and I urge you to seek them out just in case the problem becomes bigger than you can handle alone. There are lots of caring people who can help you get a balance, but you need to let someone in your real life know what's going on. Be honest with a person you respect, and get some help. There is no shame in asking for help- actually, it takes a lot of courage. Recognizing that you have a problem is the biggest challenge, and you've already done that. Now, love yourself enough to protect your body, and heal your troubled mind. If you want to talk, let me know, and I'll be available for you.
Hi Landers Bisson.
Well, this is a difficult situation. As said above, you need to see someone. We can offer as much support as we want up here, but someone who you can actually see and feel would help you so much more. It's suprising, I mean you won't believe me when I say it, but I've seen quite a few people in similar conditions before. (The amazing part is that this is all high-school) I've helped a few people out in similar situations, all with their own reasoning.
My parents and a few family members know about my problems. However, we never really talked about it seriously, it did never appear to be that important.
The first thing you need to think about is why. Why do you think you do this? Perhaps something traumatic happened long ago? Are you nervous?
Second, once you figure out what's bothering you, find what takes your mind off the situation to numb the pain. For example, many people find that exercise keeps their mind off many things. You need to keep busy, don't ever let yourself get bored and have nothing to do. That will make it worse.
My hair problem seems to be amplified when I am stressed, like when I am doing exams. I think it is also related to self-esteem. I have no difficulty admitting it, I'm not the sex symbol every girl would fall for. I almost never like my hair, how they're placed; I always seem to find defaults to my person.
As for the lip chewing frenzy, I can't really think of anything which would cause me to do it, other than, maybe, the fact that I'm a perfectionist and I like everything to be in the right place. So, I guess that when I run my tongue over my bottom lip and feel some irregularities, just ripping them off tells my brain that everything is all right. But it is not; the more I chew them, the more irregularities appear. A pretty vicious circle
Edited by Landers Bisson, 05 January 2007 - 10:15 PM.