Authors

The following are the 19 contributors featured in Written On Our Skin who shared pieces of their personal journeys with dermatillomania. They appear in the order in which their contributions appear in the book, along with their names and what information they provided. The quotations used from the written narratives and poems in the promotional video.

Em Reichert

Narrative
26 | Boston, MA, USA
“Dermatillomania is, more than anything, being stuck in a realization that blame is simultaneously meaningless, and yet it is everything—everywhere.

Sarah Seifert

Artwork
24 | Plano, TX, USA

Doris Morgan-Rueda

 

 

Narrative
25 | San Diego, CA, USA
“In a way, it was scarier to know that my bad habit had an official name, rather than just some strange quirk that I had.”

Emily Pearce

Blog entries
36 | Minnesota, USA
“It’s insane how I don’t see the trigger until after I’ve pulled it.
Just one spot on my leg, then another.”

Amanda Giavonnette

 


Poem

26 | Florida, USA
“My mind is constantly torn.
Do I nurture the wound until I’m reborn?”

Lisa A. Gillett

 


Narrative

40 | Cambridge, ON, Canada
“It’s like a black hole of obsession where all life outside of what’s beneath my fingertips ceases to exist entirely.”

Ashley Jackson

Poems
21 | Victoria, BC, Canada
“My disorder has not defined me
but I have defined myself with it”

Jessica Jackson

 

 

Poem
29 | London, ON, Canada
“I leave holes and scars because the craving wins
again and again and again and again”

Ashley

Narrative
20 | New Zealand
“Although her hatred towards it was unfathomable, there was also something so satisfying about it.”

Jennifer Nagle


Poem

36 | Midlothian, VA, USA
“my own fight.
of a compulsive mind.
i’m phlegmatic.
erratic.
with hands.”

Leo Updork

Artwork
15 | US

Patricia ONeill


Narrative

51 | Charleston, SC, USA
“It’s important to know that we are not alone in this struggle.”

Kate Hines

 

 

 

Narrative
32 | Nova Scotia, CA
“I hope someday I’ll just put my hand back down.”

Nicole Leigh Wheeler

 

Essay
34 | Pittsburg, PA, USA
“I knew from adolescence I didn’t want other teens to suffer like I did.”

Kimi Vessel

 


Narrative

22 | Boston, MA, USA
“My hands were busier than my mind, itching back and forth. It soothed me.”

Kalyn Knupp

 

 

Poem
22 | Charleston, SC, USA
“They see the exterior, not the interior.”

Jenna Harrison

 

 

 

Poem
25 | Saskatchewan, CA
“My skin should not be my enemy.”

Sarah Marchant

Poems
25 | St. Louis, MO, USA
“No one told me
normal would take this much energy.”

Anonymous

Narrative
26 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Face, neck, shoulders, arms, back. I pick anything I can find.”