2013 Shows

Twenty-one-year-old Samantha says that four years ago, she began obsessively picking at her skin, leaving her with scabs and scars all over her face and body. She confides that she hates her appearance so much that she even wears makeup to bed. She says that she desperately wants help to stop her picking, especially since her younger sister, Rachel, has also started doing it within the last year. What does Dr. Phil think is at the root of the siblings’ behavior? How can they overcome their compulsion -- and reclaim their lives? Then, Stormy says that her boyfriend, Keven, is obsessed with order, cleanliness and having everything done his way -- and it’s tearing their relationship apart. Keven insists that he’s not the problem and says that Stormy lacks attention to detail and thoroughness when it comes to keeping things clean and orderly. When confronted with some of his many demands for their household, will Keven see things differently? Plus, Cindie says she’ll do anything to avoid going to the doctor, despite having a family history of heart attacks, breast cancer and early deaths. Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, stresses the importance of getting regular checkups. Will her words make an impact on Cindie?

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Replied By: cadescove99 on Jan 9, 2014, 1:51PM
While a few of Kevin's requirements of Stormie and her kids may not seem reasonable, most are not. He paid for his truck, so he's got a right to keep it looking nice. Same goes for the house he's paying for. Wanting the sheet completely covering the matress is reasonable, it protects the matress from body oils. Cereal boxes belong in the cabinet or on the counter, not on top of the refrigerator. And, how hard is it to return the sprayer to its proper position, Stormie?
Replied By: kjensen2013 on Dec 26, 2013, 5:52PM
This show brought to light a very common but untalked about condition.  

My 22yr  old son has picked skin and hair for many years.  He currently has pulled out a 2' patch of hair from the front of his scalp.  Eye lashes and eyebrows are often gone. He is embarassed to go out into public gatherings without a hat on. His college testing center even took away his hat on one occasion while he was taking an exam not understanding the reason for wearing the hat..  That shut him down mentally.   The primary medical community in our area has no spcialist or answers for these behaviors.  I even had to give the name and definition of Trichotillomania to my insurance company.  Tricholtillomania deals with the plucking the hair while Dermatillomania is picking of the skin. They had nobody that was experienced in this field.  The common response was that it was an OCD that should be teated with CBT and medications.  It is not textbook for everyone but the feelings of insecurity and embarassment are very real.  

We found a PHD Professor at Utah State University that has been doing research on Trich and claims that there might be a cure in the form of bone marrow transplants.  My son has even felt so despirate that a bone marrow transplant would be an option if it will give him his life back.  It is this serious for people!

My wife found a great resource called TLC "The Trichotillomania Learning Center". You can find it at www.trich.org .  The problem with TLC is the expense for the average person to attend the conferences and retreats for the those that desire to go.   

DR. PHIL, THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IN MORE DETAIL!  The show didn't even do justice to the problem.  There needs to be more discussion please.
Replied By: bbfan802 on Dec 20, 2013, 9:36PM
I actually started when I had the chicken pox at a very young age. I started to pick at it. Afterwards, the chicken pox went away and I stopped picking for a few years. However, I started picking again when I was 11 years old and I have not stopped. I am 36 years old now and I can not wear tank tops and bathing suits because of all the scars that I have all over my body.  No matter what skin medication I take the scars will always be there. I wish that I could tell my 11 year old self to not do it.
Replied By: amesmomof4 on Dec 20, 2013, 12:16PM
I totally get it honey.   I feel the same way. Not to the point of what you are doing. I do pick also. It's a feeling of control and a feeling you cannot explain to others that haven't been there. 

Good luck sweetie. To you and your sister. 
Replied By: cupid2011 on Dec 20, 2013, 10:43AM - In reply to jodeutsch
See my post below for treatment options and book recommendation.  Find yahoo support group for your condition. Best Wishes
Replied By: jodeutsch on Dec 20, 2013, 9:49AM
Wow...I saw some of myself in Kevin but I am not as bad as him. (closets not as neat as his)  My "neatness" may have gotten worse after the death of my daughter. I blame the neatness on growing up in chaos because my brother is the same way. We are anxious if our homes are cluttered. We become calm when the clutter is cleaned up. Is there any help for this? I am 59 years old, divorced (neatness not a factor), engaged to be married to a "slob" whom I adore. HELP!!!! Books, advice, anything!!
Replied By: cupid2011 on Dec 20, 2013, 9:46AM
I heard Dr. Phil mention medication and he always has his guest use Cognitive behaviour therapy

This website mentions Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Habit Reversal Therapy and Stimulus Control and/ or SSRI’s   as well as hypnotherapy, acupuncture, meditation, prayer, yoga, support groups, AAA programs, but not limited to these.  




Go to yahoo support groups to find more dermatillomania/pickers support groups and find out what other people do to control it.

For self help with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy check out Dr. Burns book, The Feeling Good Handbook, see the reviews at Amazon.com.

Ask you M.D. for a referral to a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist.

I love homeopathy as it works fast but you need to consult a homeopath preferably someone in your hometown. 
Replied By: onebun on Dec 20, 2013, 8:55AM - In reply to kickingmyderma
Thank you for more information. I was reading here in hopes to find at least one answer. You have my appreciation.
Replied By: onebun on Dec 20, 2013, 8:47AM
This show really left me uncomfortable and made left me spinning once again about those little puzzle pieces in my life. I had no idea this "picking" had a name.  With me, this issue has felt like a lieftime... I'm 41 now, and can't even rememebr how far this goes back... perhaps at age 9 or around then (32 years plus or minus).  I never stopped to think about it.  You don't think about what you are doing, but the blemishes are "ugly" so you try to rid them. I don't tell myself anything while doing it. It truly is unconscious. It seems the more you try to "fix" the problem worse it gets.  I know I have a stress issue, but never knew there may be a link.  I just thought I have ugly skin that can't be fixed. Yeah, I also see so many scars on my face neck, and back.  I never wear a bathing suit, tank top, or anything that would reveal my issue and provoke questions. As for underlying issues: Ugh... I walked away from my issues years ago, and couldn't imagine wanting to look at fix this problem.  Sometimes walking away is the best. Right? There's got to be a way to move forward.  I've been working to do this for years, but stuff like this frustrates me.  If I could describe what I mean by this, I would say: My life is to move forward in spite of the past. I also try to remind myself that others have much worse pasts than me, so chin up. About the OCD??? I though about this a while after the show, and I'm only left with questions about that as well.  I really don't control others, just myself. ??? I've had other shows have an impact on me, but I never felt like I had to comment.  This one is different... Uncomfortable Confusion...
Replied By: kaykay2272 on Dec 20, 2013, 5:32AM - In reply to kickingmyderma
The show gave no help so thanks !!!
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