This is Not My Identity

One thing I see a lot of advocates worry about is their disorders becoming their identity. Not in the sense that it consumes who they are, but in the sense that it consumes other people’s perceptions of who they are, becoming all they’re known for. It’s something I think about, too. On the one hand, … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


There Are Still Bad Days

I want to mull over thoughts brought about by Emma Holden’s blog from a few weeks ago here on Healthy Minds Canada about how we often tell our stories in the past tense and rarely when they’re happening. It’s something I already wrote about and responded to for another site I blog for, but something … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Seeing the Effect of Advocacy

I used to hate going out in public or even to family gatherings; I wanted nothing more than to stay at home and hide away from the judging eyes of the world. When my skin picking was at its worst, both on a physical and mental level, I couldn’t bear to have anyone see me … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Driven to Advocacy

Two years ago, dermatillomania was entered into the fifth edition Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder. Leading up to that update, articles and opinions came in waves, some in support and others in condemnation of the changes being made and the disorders being added to the book. One of those … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Dealing with Double the Stigma

To some degree, there is a dual stigma that comes with having skin picking disorder, and one of those stigmas is not really mine to bear. What I mean is when people look at my skin and see marks and scars, they may judge me as flawed or messed up in some way, but for … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Labels Are Not Absolute

Until the semester ends, I’m on the “health beat” for my school’s newspaper. What this means is that every journalistic piece I have written from the beginning of the term and continuing up until the end will focus on health and health alone. One thing that does seem to keep coming up whether I cover … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Why I Wrote A Book About My Disorder

From the time I was a young child, I wanted to write. I grew up on books, absorbing their words and the adventures and the amazing characters. They were my escape, and writing became my escape too when I started to create my own characters, adventures and worlds. I wrote my first “novel” at age … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Two BFRB Doctors Changed My Life Without Even Treating Me

There’s something amazing about finally finding a doctor who not only knows, but is well versed in your disorder. When I was younger, no one could identify my skin picking disorder, dermatillomania. It might seem like a tiny thing, but when you have a mental health disorder controlling your entire life, not having someone with even … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


“Just Stop”

“Just” and “stop” are two completely innocent words, but put them together and they can be cringe-worthy. I know first hand the power they can have. “Just stop” is a phrase burned into my mind after years of people seeming to think that was the solution to my skin picking problem. But it hurt because … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Dermatillomania Deserves a Place in the BFRB Community

One of the reasons I blog about skin-picking disorder is because more often than not, I feel like it is overshadowed. Dermatillomania falls under the category of body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs), and sits alongside trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), dermatophagia (skin-biting disorder), onychophagia (nail-biting disorder) and a few others. However, a lot of the time, it is … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Breaking the Stigma Starts with Ourselves

Having a mental disorder is rough, and when it manifests itself on your skin, like dermatillomania does, it presents a whole new set of challenges. At that point, the disorder is no longer a secret, but something for everyone to see, even if they don’t understand what they’re looking at. My disorder is not a … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.


Journaling: How Writing Helped My Mental Health

It was February 4th, 2010 when I wrote my first journal entry to start my last ditch effort to save myself and bring some sanity into my life. I remember buying the journal for the sole purpose of this endeavour, and the memory of the first time I sat down to start writing in the … Continued

About Laura Barton

Laura is a 25-year-old writer living in Ontario’s Niagara Region. Her passion for writing and personal journey with mental health issues has led her to become an advocate, a blogger for the Canadian BFRB Support Network and also to release her own book, Project Dermatillomania: The Stories Behind Our Scars. She struggled with depression and anxiety through university, but pulled through, receiving a BA in English Language and Literature from Brock University. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Journalism. You can follower her on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.