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(NPR)   Is nail biting a bad habit, or is it a mental disorder?   (npr.org) divider line 156
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2012-10-01 11:32:14 PM
I used to do that as a kid. I cured the problem later by wrapping the end of each finger in a bandaid for a few days. Works great for protecting your fingers from papercuts when filing, too!
 
2012-10-01 11:39:26 PM
mankind is plagued with mental disorders. many of them are socially acceptable so you doosh bags try to force them on to others.

years of water, ground and air pollution and impurities in our food and drink has led to even more problems, many still undiagnosed.

people choose to chase false gods, power and possessions over concern for their own health and well being. stupid savage race. the sooner this planet burns to a cinder the sooner i will go laughing to my grave.
 
2012-10-02 09:01:14 AM

KrispyKritter: mankind is plagued with mental disorders. many of them are socially acceptable so you doosh bags try to force them on to others.

years of water, ground and air pollution and impurities in our food and drink has led to even more problems, many still undiagnosed.

people choose to chase false gods, power and possessions over concern for their own health and well being. stupid savage race. the sooner this planet burns to a cinder the sooner i will go laughing to my grave.


Were you drinking last night, too?
 
2012-10-02 11:16:23 AM

CruJones: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: basemetal: A new version is coming out early next year, and it puts pathological grooming in the same category as another disorder you've probably heard of: obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

What, they never considered this OCD behavior? Really?

/besides, nail biting chips your teeth
//so stop it!

I chewed my nails down to the nub my entire life until I was 28. If there was enough nail there to grab onto, I was chewing it off. Then, one day, after a particularly tough corner, one of my teeth felt a little funny. Sure enough, I had chipped one of my front 4 bottom teeth...

/That is what it took for me to stop, everytime my fingernail touched my teeth (which happened a LOT subconsciously) I would immediately imagine my tooth chipping...and put my hand back down. Now I click and tap my fingernails instead.

Not only did I bite my nails, I open everything with my teeth, or used to. From plastic bags to those damn DVD cases, even used to open cans of Coke or beer with my two front teeth, since I had no nails to do it. I still chew ice. Never chipped a tooth or even had a cavity.


I too had never had a cavity or chipped a tooth until one day..."hmmm, why does that tooth feel sharp against my tongue?" I also used to use my teeth to open cans in some cases, now I just look aorund for something small/thin (like a farker's penis) to open it...plus I have nails every 2 weeks.

/Still no cavities, even after a 7 year hiatus from the dentist while in college.
 
2012-10-02 11:56:40 AM

CruJones: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: basemetal: A new version is coming out early next year, and it puts pathological grooming in the same category as another disorder you've probably heard of: obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

What, they never considered this OCD behavior? Really?

/besides, nail biting chips your teeth
//so stop it!

I chewed my nails down to the nub my entire life until I was 28. If there was enough nail there to grab onto, I was chewing it off. Then, one day, after a particularly tough corner, one of my teeth felt a little funny. Sure enough, I had chipped one of my front 4 bottom teeth...

/That is what it took for me to stop, everytime my fingernail touched my teeth (which happened a LOT subconsciously) I would immediately imagine my tooth chipping...and put my hand back down. Now I click and tap my fingernails instead.

Not only did I bite my nails, I open everything with my teeth, or used to. From plastic bags to those damn DVD cases, even used to open cans of Coke or beer with my two front teeth, since I had no nails to do it. I still chew ice. Never chipped a tooth or even had a cavity.


Time is on the side of my statement.......
 
2012-10-02 09:04:09 PM
I stopped biting my nails when my older brother graduated from high school. I trimmed all my nails perfectly, and put on nail polish. I had a bit of a habit for a while with grooming my nails a lot (clipping my nails often, using nail polish and re-applying all the time), but I don't do that anymore. Then my nails really grew fast when I was playing piano more and typing a lot. These days, I'm a sysadmin, so I'm so busy that I don't clip my nails often. I'll only clip them when I get annoyed that my typing is impeded.

I used to have the habit of biting the skin right beside the nail on my biggest toe. Don't know WTF was up with that. I think I stopped when I was 18 or so.

Also used to bite the hair on my arms. Don't know when that stopped, either. Probably when I was in my early 20's.

I do pick my skin though. Usually it's normal grooming, but occasionally it's "aaaaaaaahhh KILL IT AND BEGONE" with something on my back that is torturing me (especially if it's rubbing a bra strap or hook). On rare occasion I'll get overzealous and take a long time to use a sewing needle to flick out the teensiest imperfections (that are technically there, but no one else would ever notice, even if they were uncovered). At least that will only leave my skin slightly red for an hour, no damage.

I hate this general habit, though. I often scratch at my back without even realising it. I think that is the worst part of it because it's something you can feel, but not see - it's easy to do damage when there is little control involved. And I only have a mild case of acne on my back (sometimes it flares up to moderate in summer).

I wonder how many people have bad skin on their back (bad enough that they worry about it some). When I'm at the pool, I almost never see anyone else with acne on their back - at all, it seems! Makes you wonder if the percentage of adults affected is really low, or if it's a lot higher than you think, and they're just not showing up to the pool. Would love to know what the % of people is.
 
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