I Am a Recovering Nail Biter

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 35 People

    I found the best way to force myself to stop

    biting my nails was to frighten myself into keeping away from them. I bit them all the time up until I was 12, and then I saw another girl's nails. They were beautiful; long and shiny and manicured. I felt ashamed of my ruined fingers. A sudden thought popped into my head; what...
    Seblett Seblett
    16-17, F
    Aug 19, 2014

    I Have Been Biting My Nails Since I Was a Kid

    I am going to stop this horrible habit.  I have tried before and realize how very difficult it is.  I can go so long and then get really anxious, scared or whatever and chew my nails and cuticles until they start bleeding. Hope more people join this group and even make...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 30, 2009

    I've bitten my nails

    for as long as I can remember. As a child I bit my fingernails and toenails (gross, I know). I stopped biting my toenails probably around the age of 8, maybe 9. Now, my fingernails is a different story. I officially stopped biting May 15, 2014. Even though I stopped biting my...
    wxitch wxitch
    18-21, F
    Apr 28, 2015

    Learning How to Stop Nail Biting

    I bit my nails for decades. Many of my family members were also afflicted with nail biting. It was a habit my mother never was able to break the the habit. Basically, to make a pun of it, nail biting sucks! At least, I never met a person who was happy and proud to be a nail...
    StubbsN StubbsN
    36-40
    2 Responses Dec 15, 2008

    This Is Taking All My Energy

    I'm 25 and have been biting my nails since as long as i can remember. It's so humiliating when people look at my hands. I think it's because people don't expect it. They see a well rounded person, but when they find out you're a nail biter, it's like they look at you different...
    CountMeIn CountMeIn
    22-25
    3 Responses Jul 10, 2009

    8 Outa 10

    I chewed my nails for sooo many years. one day in Dec of '08 a friend of mine gave me an old ring he wore growing up. Told me to wear it, and when i start to chew, I'd see it and stop. Well People, it worked! I wore it for about 2 months and gave it back. Every once in awhile...
    callingyou callingyou
    31-35, F
    May 7, 2010

    I Have Been A Nail Biter Ever Since I Can Remember...

    Want to stop but can't seem to.. I've tried many times before but always fail within 2-3months, have tried everything. Its mad. My parents gave up trying to tell me off for it but I was and still am so persistent about it. The things that trigger my nail biting usually...
    Serenula Serenula
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 6, 2010

    I Need Help!!

    So this isn't about e cause I don't bite my nails but my husband on the other hand does. He has done it his whole life but it got worse when he joined the marines. He is basically done with his nails cause he can no longer get his teeth on his nails and it's now his fingers that...
    Nonamelids Nonamelids
    22-25, F
    Sep 9, 2011

    Finally Stopping For Good This Time! Action Plan

    I have been biting my nails since I was 4 years old, and I'm 21. I love nail polish, nail care and nail art, but I'm a compulsive nail biter. I've taken ENTIRE nails off of my nail bed on several occasions, wrecking it worse day by day till they were all gone. I've tried to stop...
    VfangzV VfangzV
    18-21, F
    9 Responses May 27, 2012

    Nail Biter, Recovering!

    I have been a nail biter since I was 5, seeing my mom bite her nails when she was fixing he hair, me being so young I thought 'hey if mom's doing it I should too!' & that's when it started. I'm 18 now, I have severe anxiety & I can't really handle stress very well. I am on an...
    phxx phxx
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 16, 2013

    Don't Ya Just Hate It?!

    Don't ya just hate those days when your stress level peaks and you start to slowly nibble on your nails? Blehh! I do! Today was one of those days for me. I used to bite my nails all the time but I started working on it and now I'm down to a minimum. Ok maybe a little above...
    forgottenxxmemories forgottenxxmemories
    22-25, F
    Nov 16, 2011

    Breaking The Habit

    I am 33yrs male who has been biting his nails since I remember. All 20 of them. I have made the same new year's resolution since I was 15 yrs old. I learnt this horrible habit from my mother who too occasionally goes for her nails til today at 74yrs. I have been bribed by my...
    2bTall 2bTall
    36-40, M
    Jul 22, 2013
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