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i can notttt stop picking at my face, and i used to be really afraid of throwing up, so afraid that i would have to get out of class, but when that went away i started to get freaked out about my face getting red in public. what do i do? im sick of this

Some people pick at their

Some people pick at their face because they don't like the way they look, and they are hyper-focused on every little imperfection. Other people pick at their face because it relaxes them. These are two different types of problems, but they can both be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You also mentioned a fear of vomiting and a fear of turning red around people. It sounds like your worries focus around social situations and what others might think of you. One big step would be learning to realize that people are not paying as much attention to you as you think they are. Try focusing on other people instead focusing on your symptoms when you are in public and you will find you do much better. This is also something that can be treated with CBT if it is severe enough that you can’t do it alone.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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