This may be TMI. I tried to ungrossify it. It’s just blood, really.
My mother has many, many psychological problems, as do the rest of her family (lucky me, I don’t have anything out of the ordinary ). She takes loads of medicines daily for these, and has many others prescribed that she’s supposed to take daily but does not because it would make her sleep pretty much all day, which she already nearly does. I give her much credit - she functions okay to keep my dad and I and the pets well taken care of, usually. When she doesn’t I force her to her psychiatrist to fix her medications so she stops throwing things, or sitting comatose-like on the stairs despite stimuli, etc.
Regardless she has lots of OCD behaviors and worse that she can’t get rid of, or simply won’t take the medication for. I don’t know precisely. One that severely grosses out anybody who sees it (not to mention worries me due to the blood and how the dogs like to lick it and may get sick or infect mom) is her picking. I’m sure it’s related to the problem where one thinks one’s hair is Evil and you must Pick It Out until you are bald in patches. Mom does this with her skin. She claims there are lots of tiny little spheroids right under the skin so she picks at it with tweezers or her fingernails (she seems to have grown them out specifically for this purpose). There are several multi-square-inch patches on her legs and neck where she picks, and sometimes she seems to start to go after her face too. God, it’s gross. I hate it so much. She does it an easy 20% of the day. When she’s sitting in any chair and doesn’t have jeans on, she picks (if she has jeans, she scratches through the material). When she’s going to the bathroom she picks. Or lying in bed. Or standing up. Or in the car. She always has huge bleeding patches, bloody tweezers she never or rarely cleans, and doesn’t put bandaids on them either. She tends to sit in the bathroom doing nothing but picking for a good 3 to 4 hours every night.
So. I know she would never mention this to her psychiatrist, much less take the medicine he might prescribe for it. At any rate I’d like to know what medicine one would use to combat this (no, I don’t plan on slipping it into her coffee or something ), anti-anxiety? anti-OCD? Something else? What is the condition called so I can google it properly? Can it be dangerous to do, to herself or me or dad or the licking dogs? Sure, she doesn’t respond the reason, the dogs do better than she it seems since they don’t believe in everything mentioning aliens or that Brown psychic, but I’d still like to have an arsenal. Maybe have a visit with her psychiatrist myself to talk about it. Anything. I am so damn tired of seeing these giant bloody patches all over her, and knowing anybody I’m with can generally see them, and how she lets the dogs lick it; I do NOT want my dogs sick or lusting after my blood or something. And what is that hair-pully thing I can’t remember? It had a long name that I could never pronounce and I’m so tired and grossed out that I can’t think let alone try massive googling with poor key words.