Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP) is characterized by repetitive picking at skin on various parts of the body. The disorder involves an underlying urge to pick, and usually people who have CSP cannot control this urge.
Compulsive skin picking is a skin disorder, and some believe it has psychological origins. Others explain it as some kind of chemical imbalance or even an overloading of the nervous system as a result of an extremely stressful event in the past (usually childhood).
There are a number of methods to treat compulsive skin picking which range from medications and psychiatry to cognitive behavioral therapy. One very promising method is called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. Based on the work of Dr. Roger Callahan, EFT utilizes the same psychological acupressure points used in acupuncture for over 5000 years to treat emotional and physical ailments, using the simple tapping with fingertips instead of invasive needles. Emotional blocks and balance points are restored through the combination of tapping on the energy meridian points used in acupressure while voicing positive affirmations and thoughts in sequences.
The basic steps of EFT include the following:
• First, identify the problem and measure its intensity from 0-10
• Create set-up and reminder phrases. For example, a set-up phrase might be: “Even though I pick the skin on my fingers, I deeply and completely accept myself”. A reminder phrase could then be ” pick skin on fingers”
• Then you will be taken through a sequence which involves repeating the phrases while tapping on the various meridian points followed by the gamut procedure
• Then repeat the sequence and check the intensity level. Repeat sequences until the intensity level is rated 0.
When getting started, it’s best to seek professional help from an EFT practitioner or therapist. This technique when applied to skin picking can be very effective. So give it a try.