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Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop by [Pasternak, Annette]
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  • Print Length: 230 pages
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  • Language: English
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It is probable that this is a great book for those who like self help books that are, for want of a better expression, evangelical and touchy feely. Unfortunately I hate the presentation preferring more down to earth no nonsense advice on a very real problem. It is very much a matter of personal preference and it is at least written very clearly so many will love it and find it useful. I do not.
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Annette Pasternak’s transparent, honest and thorough openness into her own battle with skin picking resonated 100% with my own battle. This book not only was the kick start to my overcoming a 30 year handicap but also has shattered feelings of shame, humiliation and the need for secrecy. I used to feel my picking was in fact an unfounded habit, unworthy of empathy. A stupid, self-induced affliction. Since reading Skin Picking: The Freedom to Finally Stop then going onto to Annette’s coaching course, I have absolutely no shame, have learned to forgive myself, come to terms with so many other limiting behaviors and beliefs; and stopped picking. I am enjoying life and much more confident. Whatever level of picking you deal with, this book will help you. Very readable. You wont put it down and a great support to refer to time and time again... Thank you.
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What I loved as about this book is that I felt the author could directly relate to me. She has first hand experience herself and could offer great suggestions to combat the habit forming effects of skin disorder. The plans are not difficult and can fit with everyday life. I have confidence that her strategy will help enormously.
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Interesting read for skin picking issues.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average skin picking advice. 14 Jan. 2014
By Laura Barton - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing I like about Annette Pasternak's book is that it's not the same old book that shares tips we've heard a thousand times and it doesn't push some magical medication. Most importantly, it doesn't promise a cure. What it does offer is new ways to look at what might be affecting or contributing to skin picking, and suggests ways to change those habits to help reduce the urges to pick. Simple steps that can be done at home, by yourself, at your own pace. From yoga to changes in diet, these are new ways to think about skin picking, and from someone who knows what she's talking about. This is her area of practice, which she presents to us in an understandable way. She explains how we will be affected biologically and what improvements can be made from taking these different steps; she doesn't just throw around words and expect us to make sense of them, but takes the time to explain what she means.

If you're looking for a legitimate self-help book for skin picking, this is one. It's not just a compilation of things you can find anywhere or a simple little workbook, it's got substance and suggests new ways to help with this disorder. A good read, for sure.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to seeking actual therapy 27 Feb. 2015
By Kimberly - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been struggling with skin picking since before I can remember. I've also had acne from adolescence into adulthood which has only worsened the problem - it's as if they feed into each other. A few years ago my anxiety peaked to a point where I was forced to seek professional help, and I was diagnosed with panic disorder. Also having struggled with chronic depression, I went on SSRIs which did help. However my acne and skin picking seemed to become worse than it's ever been. I decided to take control of my life through diet, exercise and mindfulness to control my panic attacks from the source instead of living with the side effects from the drugs. Affording therapy wasn't an option for me so I spent the next few years reading as much as I could. I'm happy to say that I now live a very healthy lifestyle and am free of panic attacks and depression completely. However my skin continued to plague me. It wasn't until I decided to do an Internet search for "skin picking disorder" did I actually realize it was an anxiety related disorder. Made sense - anxiety has always been my #1 combatant. I also stumbled upon a therapy center in Los Angeles that specializes in skin picking disorders, but again a tight budget kept me from being able to go that route. I've read several books on Amazon but they were unhelpful and vague. I don't know why it took me so long to read THIS book. The author has actually struggled with the disorder herself and has attended the therapy center in Los Angeles that I was contemplating attending. So I decided to give one last book a chance before putting myself into therapy and in glad I did. This book has the most relatable, applicable, effective information I have yet to read anywhere on the Internet or in a book. She has done the research and seen the results with herself and her clients. Much of the diet stuff I knew already from my own research and learning, but she really covers the entire spectrum of emotional, mental and physical health to give you the best chance at fighting this thing. I've started putting most of what she has to offer into practice and am improving greatly. Even my setbacks aren't as upsetting as they used to be. I highly recommend this book!!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for all who suffer from body focused repetitive behaviors BFRBs and their loved ones. 22 Jan. 2014
By Joan Kaylor, MSEd, LPC - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS is the book I recommend to all my clients. Annette Pasternak has put into writing everything that I have been teaching for the last 20 years. I especially appreciate her holistic approach to healing. This is not about habit reversal technique. This is about healing the whole person and how to get into balance. Her approach to complimentary methods such as EFT and nutrition and supplements is spot on. Annette shares her own story of healing from skin picking. She is honest and real. Her book will help so many people. It is not written by a researcher or therapist. She comes from her heart. A must read for anyone suffering from hair pulling, skin picking or any body focused repetitive behavior.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help put an end to the bad habit of skin picking! Immediate relief! 27 Feb. 2014
By Steph Centorino - Published on Amazon.com
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After seeing Annette Pasternak's video I immediately felt like I wasn't alone and like I had a life changing experience. I followed by watching and practicing Annette's breathing techniques to reduce picking and they helped me greatly. I followed with a 45 minute skype session and I felt an amazing amount of relief and the motivation to keep going and making progress one day at a time with various life changes. I am amazed and relieved how much relief I am feeling after just a few days. A must read!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any sufferer! 23 Mar. 2014
By Danielle Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is by far the most comprehensive, supportive and positive guide out there right now for Dermatillomania. I can't say enough good things about this book!

For those that don't know, Dermatillomania, or Excoriation disorder, can be defined as:

"...an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused. Research has suggested that the urge to pick is similar to an obsessive compulsive disorder but others have argued that for some the condition is more akin to substance abuse disorder. The two main strategies for treating this condition are pharmacological and behavioral intervention." - Wikipedia

This is a condition that I have personally struggled with deeply. I can safely say that through my own methods I was able to battle this condition for the most part and I am now an advocate for awareness and support. I wish that this book existed during my most troublesome times as I definitely would have battled the worst of the condition a lot sooner with this kind of help. This book has truly provided me with the final resources that I needed in order to say goodbye to this habit forever.

***Just some quick shameless self-promotion here: I've actually recently published my story in a collaborative book called Project Dermatillomania that's available for purchase now. ***

I took a long time reading this book in order to go through all of the motions, guides, suggestions and exercises so that I could give it a good comprehensive review. I can honestly say that if you follow Annette's methods, you WILL get results!

So many people find themselves completely controlled and at a loss with this disorder. It's a helpless feeling. This book shows you how to get back that power, and more importantly, that you cannot define yourself as this disorder and cannot submit to its definition. It shows positive strategies to curb your urges and shows you that in order to fully tackle the habit you must determine the emotional reasons and routines for carrying out the vicious cycle of picking.

"It is imperative to go beyond these labels and reveal how chronic skin picking plays a part in each individual's life" p. 18

"You may be genetically predisposed to a condition but that does not mean you are powerless over it." p. 27

People start picking for so many reasons but it's always to find relief. Often times it's a matter of dealing with stress because we haven't found other methods of doing so. One thing that Annette stresses is the readiness for a person to stop picking. It's hard thing to admit and even harder to give up something that feels good and that you've relied on for so long. Her book not only provide methods with how to start this process but how to keep a long standing positive replacement to the picking.

"Stopping skin picking is hard. Is that any reason to feel badly about yourself? NO." p. 16

In summary, her programs focuses and takes the reader through these steps:

1) How to stop victimizing and beating yourself out. Forgiveness and acceptance is crucial.

2) You are not powerless to this condition and you can stop. In order to stop you need to accept this.

3) Track your picking in a habit log. This is the one part that she stress the most. If you aren't able to recognize the feelings associated with picking as well as when and where they occur you're not going to able to stop it before it begins.

4) Recognizing your negative thoughts and behaviours. Retraining how you think is necessary for overcoming this as most of the time urges come from an unnecessary uncertainty or beliefs.

5) Actual techniques to block and prevent urges. Gloves, toys, exercise, meditation etc, and just why they work.

6) Long standing methods to deal with your stress and emotions in a healthy positive way. Annette takes a very holistic approach.

7) Other things that could contribute and make your urges worse (sugar and alcohol etc).

Compassion oozes from this book. Annette herself used to struggle and live with this disorder herself so she completely understands what every sufferer goes through. Her writing is so gentle and soothing. She knows that we're all going to mess up but that there is still progress and success in each mess up and mistake.

"Practice makes better... Practice makes permanent" p. 137

What I believe makes this book the best resource out there is that it's the first to really go into the emotional sides as to why people pick and tackles those issues directly as a step for overcoming this disorder. In my own struggles, that was the only thing that worked for me after countless other resources. Overcoming this disorder is truly a process of steps and Annette can take you through them. She provides so many additional resources in terms of supplements and other reading material as well. What makes it even better is that Annette is a life coach and personally deals with helping her clients combat this particular disorder. You can find more information about her services on her website.

For those that are affected by this disorder, please, PLEASE, read this book!
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