Hypnotherapy Skin Picking
Hypnotherapy Skin Picking: Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) – or dermatillomania – is the continuous and repetitive picking of your skin. It varies in severity, from just a bad habit to a problem which shares many characteristics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In the worst cases, it can cause pain, injury and permanent scarring. Hypnotherapy helps both the bad habit of skin picking and the more severe OCD form. Skin picking is more common in women than in men, and it is thought to affect about 2% of patients who see a dermatologist and between 2 and 4% of students. Hypnotherapy can help to bring an end to Skin Picking with just one affordable and easy session.
Skin picking, and OCD
If someone picks their skin, they might do this because it provides relief from anxiety, stress or boredom, or provides a distraction from everyday problems. They may be trying to make their skin as perfect as possible, picking their skin to remove (real or imaginary) spots, scabs, blemishes, dry skin, lumps and bumps. Of course, the more they pick, the worse your skin becomes, leading to a vicious circle of further skin picking. More severe cases of Compulsive Skin Picking have obsessive-compulsive aspects that are similar to OCD. It is ritualistic, compulsive, repetitive and it might temporarily relieve stress and anxiety, it is self-destructive. Around a quarter of people diagnosed with OCD or BDD also have CSP.
What are the symptoms of Compulsive Skin Picking?
The most commonly affected areas are the face, gums, lips, back, shoulders, arms, scalp, stomach, chest, and the nails and cuticles (on both the fingers and toes).
This causes pain, scarring, swelling, bleeding, and callusing. Some damage, unfortunately, is irreversible. Most sufferers of skin picking disorder experience stress or tension before picking, which is decreased by skin picking. If skin picking is merely a habit they may not even be aware that they are doing it; it goes on in the subconscious.
When skin picking is more severe they may use their fingers or nails for skin picking, or perhaps tweezers, needles, pins or toothpicks. There are many problems which can come about because of skin picking, including not like being looked at, self-consciousness, perhaps a relationship is deteriorating badly because of it, hating the way they look, and not going out because it takes them so long to get ready. If someone picks their skin, they may feel the need to hide the scars with make-up, or to cover up affected areas with clothing, even in the height of summer. Compulsive skin picking can cause or worsen social anxiety, making the sufferer feel self-conscious, perhaps leading them to stay at home, avoid friends, and to be constantly late as the skin picking and subsequent camouflaging routines takes up so much time. Skin picking interferes with daily life.
Hypnotherapy to treat skin picking
Hypnosis is very well regarded for the treatment of compulsive skin picking. It can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. Medications used for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and depression have proved very effective for some sufferers. Medication should not be seen as a stand-alone treatment but as a tool which makes it easier for you to do the therapeutic work a person needs to do to overcome this problem.
How does hypnotherapy break bad habits?
Using Hypnotherapy I speak directly to the subconscious to make it more aware of what it is doing when someone picks their skin. So rather than subconsciously indulging their bad habit, hypnotherapy makes them become very conscious of what they are doing. This means they notice the hand reaching towards their mouth, rather than just automatically doing it. Because the bad habit is subconscious they don’t even think about it or make a choice when they do it so no wonder it is hard to control it! With Hypnotherapy, I make my client aware of what you they doing. It is much easier to stop something when they are aware that they are doing it. Hypnosis enables a person to override this thought with thoughts which are more accurate, appropriate and useful.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy Skin Picking is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. At no time during the session are you in a trance. You are aware of your surroundings I will guide you into a very relaxed state of mind.
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