hey tumblings. this is a bit off-topic in terms of autoimmune and chronic illnesses, but in viewing healing and health as a holistic process, I’m just go ahead because these things all connect in the end.
(slight trigger warning: anxiety, OCD and self-harm via dermotillomania)
I think I’ve mentioned it before here, but just in case - I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder since I was in 4th grade. however, all of the visualizations and therapy sessions were directed towards mental healing and emotional balance.
nobody ever looked at my bitten up and ragged fingers, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized my compulsive nail biting, cuticle biting, skin picking/itching isn’t me just being crazy or bad at breaking habits. it’s a real thing! nobody ever told me! persephone has a great article on wolf-biting, and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who can’t “just stop!”. I’m trying to read and figure a bit out on my own for now (I don’t see my shrinky shrink till september at school) and was wondering if anyone else has struggled with/has advice to a fellow anxious chronic chick?