Scars of Shame
|Additional DVD, NTSC, DVD-Video, AC-3 options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
DVD, NTSC, DVD-Video, AC-3
Angela Hartlin, 24 year old student and author of the ground-breaking memoir FOREVER MARKED: A Dermatillomania Diary, has a disorder that not many have heard of but approximately 2% of the population has- Dermatillomania, aka “compulsive skin picking.” For the first time, Angela will meet others with this Body- Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) along with others who have its sister disorder, Trichotillomania. She will travel from her hometown of Dartmouth, NS, CA to San Francisco, CA, USA to seek out answers she has asked herself for over a decade.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The documentary is a nice balance of personal stories and professional perspective on what it's like to have dermatillomania. Angela candidly shares her experience with skin picking, and we even get a glimpse of what the disorder actually looks like with a few uncensored scenes she shares with us of her moments locked in the behaviour.
In the special features, we get an updated look on what's happened since the documentary and a few more personal perspectives and professional interviews. Overall, the documentary offers a really solid introduction as to what dermatillomania is and what it can look like for the people who suffer with it.
Skin picking is a private affair. It is not something that people would usually choose to share in a conversation with someone a person trusts let alone reveal themselves on film. Yet, Angela chose to take people into her world and what it looked like for her despite it not always being pretty and happy. It was what was real and true for her. Her pain was relatable. Just because a person may not pick their skin, every person feels pain regarding something they feel shameful about. We have all felt deeply sad about something. It was this that had me really get what Angela’s world is like and appreciate what it must have taken for her to share what not only what her world was like but is likely to be the experience of others living with the disorder. It is really important that people like Angela and other advocates share themselves in this way so that others do not feel alone and people become educated so that they may get a true understanding of what someone's world is like living with a BFRB and in this case, Dermatillomania. Angela has courage and a heart of gold.