Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Visit our Crisis Assistance Link for resources. For immediate help, get to the ER.

    *No Dr Outside Contact Please*
    If I wasn't so stressed I would take control of a lot besides the skin picking
    An_254061 posted:
    I decided 2 years ago to finally divorce my OCD, controlling husband even though my psychiatrist was adamant that I stay in a loveless marriage with jags of domestic violence on my husband's part on me and my 3 kids. I stayed on as I am Bipolar I with little financial resources nor family support, and based on the past, I did not do well on my own as an adult. I have been extremely stressed living w/a rageful husband and witnessing my children be emotionallY & adversely affected BY HIM AND I. I remember feeling trapped on our way from the shore and that was 8 years ago - the skin picking began. I also overuse a prescription drug to keep me moving so that I don't stop, sit and ponder the horrific situation I'm in. The picking is worsening.

    I was diagnosed and treated for colon cancer last year - my husband never checked w/me once nor his sisters in 9 months to see if I was ok. Vincent tells the kids, the police (when I've called for help for my kids) my oncologist and psychiatrist and his sisters that I'm having an episode when I'm not. When I set his sister straight about how despicable it was on her part not to call to see how I was doing in 9 months - she responded that I was "bipolar, you were bipolar when you said I was despicable, bipolar, bipolar," It's 2013 and I still have to deal with a stigma of being a freak. My husband has not slept w/me in 12 years ever since a major manic episode. I am seeing a txist now to help stop the picking. We just got started. it's ad and my arm is ugly to look at in the mirror.

    I planned a divorce right b/f I was dx with cancer. Then he got acute leukemia. My kids would hate me for leaving now as his odds are not that great that he will pull thru. I feel sick for overusing modafinal (GI disturbances) and the picking is all overwhelming me. I have done self-injurious behaviors since I was 3 yrs old but I really want to feel better and live to see my children grow up. I am 54 and feel so entirely screwed up! Anyone out there with similar experiences or constructive comments???

    Featuring Experts

    Joseph F. Goldberg, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. He also maintains a private prac...More

    Helpful Tips

    Screen out people who can't seem to "get it"....
    There are some people who can't or won't understand at all. My wife is bipolar, and some people are more understanding than others. We ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    37 of 43 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.