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I Bite My Nails

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    not horribly where I have no nail

    but still think its kinda disgusting but I never notice when I start and then boom I went through all my fingers and I'm in pain cuz i pulled a cuticle. habits are hard to break :(
    ladeputy ladeputy 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2014

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    I bite my nails when I get nervous

    or hungry. It's not too bad but they aren't too good either
    Imaliar2 Imaliar2 16-17, F Dec 5, 2014

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    Its disgusting I know.

    I want to stop. People tel me that if I let my nails grow a bit they will look so much better. But I can't stop myself. I've used the bitter polish thing but it doesn't help. Does anyone have any tips or advice? I really want to stop
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    Severe Nailbiting Problem / 1 Year Later

    warning: somewhat graphic photos of my severe nailbiting problem and my progress are posted as links here. if you're easily bothered by gruesome photos of the damage that nail biting does, consider yourself warned and dont open the photos. my habit was severe, and im here to...
    Kjhnsn Kjhnsn 26-30, F 1 Response May 25, 2013

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    All the ******* time.

    Thats probably why I get sick. Im a preschool teacher and even though I was my hands and use sanitizer, the germs will still get in because I will bite my nails without even realizing. I especially bite my nails when im anxious and im always anxious. I bite and chew the skin...
    DeeDoubleYoux DeeDoubleYoux 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    It's been bad lately.

    Work stress and life stress my finger nails and surrounding skin have seen better days. I've made them bleed and my fingers hurt. I need to quit it is a disgusting habit...
    searchingfar searchingfar 22-25, F Dec 22, 2014

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    To the point that it's too painful to bite any

    more. It doesn't make me content or anything, just a task to occupy myself. I would like to stop. Partly because I've been dating a woman that does nails on the side. She'd probably be horrified if she looked at them up close. There's also the fact that it does me no good.
    Marbo12 Marbo12 26-30, M Oct 14, 2014

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    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 12, 2014

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    A Real Nail-biter

    I am a married man who has been a compulsive nail-biter since childhood.  My mother constantly nagged me about it.  My father insisted I would outgrow it.  It became such an issue that I thought there were something seriously wrong with me.  When I turned 30...
    lawguy08 lawguy08 46-50 8 Responses Aug 28, 2008

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    How Do I Stop Once I Have Begun?

    I bite my nails. I started back around age 8-9.. I haven't been able to stop, I do it when I'm bored, I do it when I'm scared, I do it when I'm nervous, How do I stop? How do I try to grow my nails longer so I can paint them and have one of my wishes fulfilled? If you have the...
    xGreenIcedTeax xGreenIcedTeax 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    My fingers constantly hurt

    because I bite them so much They never have a chance to grow lately because I just keep biting them until there is absolutely nothing more to bite then I move onto the skin I have been biting my nails since before I can remember I don't know how not to bite them
    Theweepingangel Theweepingangel 18-21, F Apr 24, 2014

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    I'm Battling To Stop Biting!!

    Heya,  I've been biting since i can remember, my mum bites and so does my aunt, both me and my brother bite and 1 out of 2 of my aunts kids(dunno how he got away without biting tbh). I've tried many times to stop biting, once and once only i managed to get really nice...
    pooriprincess pooriprincess 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 4, 2010

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    I wish I could end it!

    ! I've been biting for a long time and I hate when I paint my nails and they are short so they look terrible. I tried this stuff you put on your nails but it gets everywhere! Even on your lips!! It's hard to kick a habit
    cotygal123 cotygal123 13-15, F Dec 30, 2013

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    I've been biting my nails

    since I can remember. Not even my thumb nails are a cm long, and most of my other nails are less than half a cm long. I used to want to stop, but I've figured it's just who I am, I really couldn't care less anymore. I hate it when people say I do it because of stress. I don't...
    ShiveringGaze27 ShiveringGaze27 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2014

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    I tried to stop this last like 3 days.

    Total fail. #madhardfail
    LuvandLace LuvandLace 18-21, F Sep 11, 2014

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    It's Like Crack!

    My boyfriend and I are both SERIOUS nail biters!  I mean if even a little sliver of nail grows up I bite or peel it off.  There is lots of blood and sometimes clear liquid.  I love to peel my nails.  And yes, it is kind of embarassing when people ask me...
    CandyTeeth CandyTeeth 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2007

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    I have extreme anxiety

    and bite my nails to extremes.
    VBLOVE1106 VBLOVE1106 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 21, 2014

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    I Quit!!! - Here Is The Secret

    I quit biting my nails! It was tough, and took a long time... but it is possible! The secret - always have a nail file or emery board with you 24/7 Whenever your hand goes to your mouth - 1) STOP! 2) Take out the nailfile 3) File the rough edge 4) That's it! It is just...
    shreem75 shreem75 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 15, 2012

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    Biting My Nails

    I think I've been biting my nails since I came out the womb...I bite them just because sometimes.I bite them when I feel stressed,angry, or sad. I'm always biting my nails no matter what..there are periods when I try to stop.Then it just starts up again.
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 19, 2013

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    Since I Can Remember

    I have been biting my nails, ever since I was very young. I can't even give you an exact date as to when I started doing it. It is a nervous tick of mine, but it's also something I do when I'm bored. Not only do I bite my nails, but also the skin around my nails. I bite them raw...
    CatLover2823 CatLover2823 18-21, F Oct 24, 2013

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    Bad Habit, Causes Sickness

    This is the reason I got sick. I mean think about it... You go out in public, touch a million things millions of other people have touched, then you go and put your hands in your mouth? It is discusting. I wash my hands, I don't eat anything weird, why did I get sick? Well...
    WinterPrincess21 WinterPrincess21 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 5, 2009

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    I must've gotten this bad habit from my dad.

    I do it when I'm bored, scared, nervous or stressed. the only time my nails grow out is when I am truly happy in life.
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 16

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    I Love It

    Managed to get all my nails and toenails off and have nice balls of skin at the end of my toes and hands - looks so cute - I continue to show them off to other people - it's so satisfying when people recognise my work:)
    AlexSmith22 AlexSmith22 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    I picked it up from my dad,

    my nails aren't too bad yet, but I don't really have any lol.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2014

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    I know it's a bad habit

    but when I am stressed I can't help it!
    Dovesery Dovesery 22-25, F Aug 27, 2014

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    Unfortuanlty Yes I Do.. ...

    Unfortuanlty yes i do.. its a nervous habit of mine.. I have gotten better over the years but yesi  im a biter
    AuThEnTiC AuThEnTiC 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 7, 2008

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    everytime I think my nails are growing .

    .. I bite them off. help.
    kamrideley kamrideley 26-30, F Apr 13

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    My Nail Biting

    my nail biting is out of control, I have seen some nails on girls, who say they bite them, wow I'd be so proud to have nails like those, mine are seriously bitten, most are so low they throb and sometimes bleed, my parents hated my habit, and as a young girl I went through a lot...
    lucyharris lucyharris 22-25, F 11 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    I NEVER bit my nails all my life,

    always had beautiful natural long nails! Now due to depression I've bit my nails away big the skin round about them :( they are horrible. I can't seem so stop it now.
    ashxo12 ashxo12 18-21, F 5 Responses May 1, 2014

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    Cant Stop

    Im 17. I have been biting my nails for as long as i remember. When i look at others that bite their nails, i wonder if their joking or not. I would have theirs any day! I am so sick of biting my nails. They so ugly. My nails are so short that there are barley even nails on my...
    Emmmadd Emmmadd 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 29, 2013

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    Still Biting My Nails

    I wrote a blog here a few years ago about being a life-long nail-biter but I didn't tell the whole truth.   This was about the time I became comfortable talking it since I realized I was part of a universal community.  Most of my life I was ashamed to talk...
    lawguy08 lawguy08 46-50 3 Responses Jun 11, 2010

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    Repeating the Cycle

    I am 26 years old and have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember.  My nail biting is on the extreme end of the spectrum.  Painful, throbbing, bleeding fingers is something I have grown used to.  What bothers me more than the physical pain and emotional...
    kmink04 kmink04 26-30 2 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    Nervous Energy

    It's far more common than you think.
    PhoebeMadeleineSheridan PhoebeMadeleineSheridan 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 7, 2012

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    I have come to terms with my nail-biting.

    I can go months and months without it, but sometimes I just do it. Sometimes when I'm bored, or just plain stressed. I've learned to accept this and not make a big deal about it when it happens. Besides they always grow back anyway.
    MissRejected MissRejected 22-25, F Apr 19

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 22

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    Uuuugh I bite my nails

    when im nervous or thinking about something. It is not attractive in the slightest.
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M Sep 21, 2014

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    My Nail Biting Partner

    My girlfriend and I are both extreme nail-biters. Our fingers are always bleeding and throbbing. Our average nail lenght is about 2 mm! Our fingertips (specially hers) look wider than the rest of the finger. We can't grab very small or flat objects from the floor and there...
    Nailbiter Nailbiter 36-40 3 Responses May 4, 2009

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    The Ongoing Nail Biting Saga

    I have been biting my nails since 1981. As my New Years resolution for Jannuary, 2000, I stopped for several weeks and stopped. Now every year, I am determined to put an end to it. Well, I actualloy stopped biting them this year, but as a result of it - every time I see my nails...
    prettydoll72 prettydoll72 36-40, F Jun 4, 2012

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 17, 2014

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    I don't want to but its a habit.

    I bite my nails when I get nervous and I always tell myself to stop but I do it with out thinking
    EllieMarieM EllieMarieM 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2014

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    brandye brandye 22-25, F Dec 19, 2014

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    Guilty

    I chew my fingernails and pick at my toenails. I remember that when I was very young my Mom tried to stop that habit by painting my nails with nail gloss or something like that. Ugh, that stuff tasted nasty!  But, you get used to it, lol!   In my early teens I...
    1blujay 1blujay 46-50, M 2 Responses Feb 13, 2010

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    wassl wassl 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 1, 2014

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    TorissaNikole TorissaNikole 13-15, F Jul 11, 2014

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    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...
    wxitch wxitch 16-17, F Apr 28

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    My girlfriend likes to paint her nails and I'll admit that I love the colors she chooses. One day we were watching tv and she put her hand over my hand to pretend that her nails...
    Badalala Badalala 18-21, M 1 day ago

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