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If I wasn't so stressed I would take control of a lot besides the skin picking
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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???
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