Compulsive Scalp Picking

There are many different forms of self-mutilation, and scalp picking is just one of them. Skin picking can quickly turn to scalp picking and vice versa. Even though some people look at it as simply a bad habit that one should avoid, it can be a little bit more serious than just that. By continually scratching away at one’s scalp and skin, it opens it up for infections to come in and wreak havoc on the body. Those who have a weak immune system are more likely to experience very serious problems if such an infection is contracted. This is why finding the right treatment for this type of picking is crucial and must be done as soon as possible. There are plenty of ways to avoid picking for anyone who has this condition, no matter how bad or out of control it may be.

Before a treatment can be given for this problem, the cause must first be realized. Compulsive scalp picking can be the result of stress. Everyone deals with stress in their own way, and sometimes it can turn into a harmful compulsion that can lead to other serious problems relating to one’s health. When someone begins picking at their scalp on a regular basis, it can quickly turn into a compulsion that is quite difficult to stop. Learning how to properly deal with stress is the key to preventing further picking. Since there are so many different ways to deal with anxiety and stress, it is therefore quite simple to find alternatives to this behavior.

Stress-related picking can be dealt with by finding an effective outlet such as writing, exercising, meditation, or reading. These are just some of the things that can be used to lower stress levels and deal with the picking. There are also those who pick their scalps when they are bored and have nothing to do. Those who find that they have a lot of down time will want to become much more active and pursue activities that they have never considered before. Sometimes being inactive is inevitable and necessary, which is why it is also important for people who have this problem to learn how to be bored so to speak. By doing this they will in turn stop their compulsive behavior and adjust to doing nothing for a certain period of time without picking at all.

Even picking at the scalp can be viewed as a form of self-mutilation that needs to be treated right away. Some people do this because they feel it is one of the only things they can control. People who have feelings of helplessness all the time are more likely to start engaging in self-mutilating behavior such as picking. There are those who favor picking certain spots more than others, which can be especially dangerous considering the likelihood of developing wounds that can get infected. Since most people do not even notice or treat these small wounds all over the body or on the scalp, they end up contracting infections that can have serious repercussions.


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