I think I have this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatillomania
I pick my finger skin. Mostly on my thumb, index and middle finger on my left hand... It comes in bouts that last for months. I'm on my third "bout" of it now. Nothing I do "stops" it from happening... though painting my nails each and every night does sort of help because I am too vain to want to chip it. It doesn't stop it enough though... because if I don't think anyone is going to see me, I don't care. It'll only be useful on the days I'm working, and the other days I'll go to town on my fingers. I do it until they're raw and bleeding. It's gross and I really want to stop, but just CAN'T.
I try to stop it by instead, when realising I'm doing it, rubbing one finger on another instead of picking... but that only really helps temporarily before I start picking again...
Anyway, that's all gross, but how on earth do I get this diagnosed and seen to? Everyone always thinks it's dermatitis... and that my picking is a result of an itch. But it's not. I just compulsively pick. Mostly using my other fingers, so putting foul-tasting stuff on it doesn't work (tried it).
HELP! Who do I see? WTF do I say? I am so sick of it - especially as I work with people's skin, and as if they want my feral hands on them when they're all destroyed and gross.
It's also happened both ON and OFF medication for anxiety/depression... (I wasn't taking it FOR this). It actually started when I was on meds, the 2nd bout when I was weaning off meds... and then this bout while I'm completely off meds (and have been for about 6-ish months). So those meds obviously have no effect (Zoloft).