A: Thanks for writing in with your question. I agree that you do need some help. First, it sounds like you may need to see a medical doctor for this latest episode because it sounds more severe and is making it difficult to walk. You could be risking infection if you have open wounds that are not being treated.
Second, you have not mentioned ever seeking any form of treatment so I am assuming that you have not seen a therapist and suggest that you do so. Skin picking (Excoriation) is a psychological disorder similar to obsessive compulsive disorder and impulse control disorder. So, it is a real condition that you can get help with. You do not have to feel guilt or shame about it either. It would be no different than if you were to develop diabetes or another medical or psychological disorder. Please speak to your parents and your doctor soon about finding a therapist qualified to treat this condition.
Here is a link to an excellent article that might help you understand this disorder a little more fully: http://www.trich.org/about/skin-faqs.html
It may be helpful for you to share the article with your parents as well.
There are many treatments available to help you deal with the anxiety you feel inside. As you develop other ways to cope with your feelings and impulses, you will give your body time to heal as well.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts