The weird thing for me is that I have NO other OCD type things, I'm not tactile defensive or anything. I'm actually a little bit on the sloppy side. I don't care where things get put away so long as they are put away, I don't have any ritualistic repetitive things I do. I'm pretty laid back, overall - except for the picking. I was almost thinking of pricing out stupid press on nails again, just to get myself to stop. Maybe if I wore them for 6 months or so I'd forget about doing it. Maybe not. MaTape on my fingers daily seems like it would be a hassle, I'd have to redo it every time I washed my hands, etc. I dunno.
I was intrigued by the traumatic event thing, and realized that my mom was diagnosed with a stage 3 breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy when I was 14, then underwent almost a year of follow up treatment. And I started doing this around 15. Seems pretty coincidental, huh?
Fascinating. And aggravating. I think next time I'm out shopping I'll price out nails. I'd have them super short anyway, so maybe it would be worth it to stop picking.
I htink if eithe rof my kids started doing this, I'd just find other things to occupy their hands with for a while to see if it could distract them...I wouldn't necessarily address the picking aspect, but just try to distract them from it, you know?