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I Bite My Nails

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    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 12

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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 19-21, F 2 Responses Mar 7, 2008

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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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    Oh Lord, I Am So Terrible. ...

    Oh lord, I am so terrible. I've been meaning to break the habit for years but I never have been able to. Every now and then when I get tips, my nails get really long while their on, but then I gnaw them down again. They don't seem to grow any other time, even when I go a week or...
    teenanonymous teenanonymous 16-18, F 1 Response Jul 29, 2007

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    It's Been a Month...

    ...since I have bitten any of my nails off... I've tried to stop biting them for YEARS, and it might actually be working this time. I still can't stop picking at the skin around them though.  WHY AM I SO ADDICTED TO THIS???
    junebugLC junebugLC 26-30, F 6 Responses May 5, 2007

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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 6 Responses May 1

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    Not Any More ^^

    I use to bite my nails but i stopped after wanted to grow them out so i could file them. i've pretty much stoped but they grow weird to me so i have to file them alot which is almost as bad as biting
    RavenRena17 RavenRena17 18-21, F Jan 21, 2012

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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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    I Have Been Biting For As Long As I Can Remember

    I'm 22 years old and have been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. The habit was much more intense when I was a young child, but was still pretty bad in my teen years. I'm glad to have some support and know that I am not alone. Often times people look at your nails and...
    s3minole s3minole 22-25 Jun 3, 2012

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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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    TorissaNikole TorissaNikole 13-15, F Jul 11

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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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    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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    Nail Biting

    I'm tired of biting my nails, i started to put some acrylic hardener on them and that turned into false nails but for the most part, I've cut down on my nail biting by about 80%.
    bul87 bul87 41-45 Jun 3, 2012

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    Compulsive Nail Biting

     Cos I don't always know when I'm biting my nails, it's hard to stop. I hate the sight of my bitten nails, but that doesn't stop me biting them, cos I guess I find the pain kinda comforting. It's a form of self-harm, really.  Wish I could have normal looking nails, so I...
    DancingGnats DancingGnats 31-35 6 Responses Nov 3, 2008

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    Quitting. No This Is It. Really, For The Last Time... I Hope.

    I have been a biter as long as I can remember. It has been a part of my life that I have always been ashamed of. I have tried quitting numerous times over the past decade or more with no success. Each time I get to seeing my nails move past the edge of my nail bed, it's like...
    odysseyeclipse odysseyeclipse 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2011

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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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    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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    Nervous Habit.

    I used to bite my nails, so they would start to bleed. I've always been a little bit shy, and that always seemed to calm some nerves. Now they are growning out, and I hope to quit biting them all the time. :D
    mizzgreeneyedladyy mizzgreeneyedladyy 18-21, F Jan 3, 2012

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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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    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 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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    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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    All the Time

    I always bite my nails. When i can't bite them anymore, i move to the sides. yeah, the skin around them. then sometimes they bleed and just hurt sooo much. i have been biting them forever. i wish i could stop...=(
    thedreamisover thedreamisover 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 9, 2008

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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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    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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    Ouch

    I only bite my nails when i am stressed. Its not often but when i do, it can get bad. I have chewed my nails so badly these last few weeks that all of my fingers now hurt. Everything i touch hurts my fingers right now, reminding me of what i did.
    simplycharis simplycharis 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 9, 2013

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    My Attempts To Stop

    I have tried to stop biting my nails at least three times in my life. Each time I was successful for a brief period (maybe two months or less) and then I picked the habit up again. I've tried biter tasting nail polishes and they don't work for me. I ignore the taste and continue...
    s3minole s3minole 22-25 3 Responses Jun 3, 2012

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    I know, it yucky but I do bite my nails.

    .. Lately I haven't been biting my nails and I proud of myself for that.... But I still do just not as often
    Harrley Harrley 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    Nail Biting

    I've been biting my nails since I was a little boy. When i watch sports I bite my nails. When I played sports in high school I bit my nails. Alot of the time I don't even realize I'm doing it. This may be gross, but I even clip my toe nails, and eat them. When I was younger...
    miked4948 miked4948 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 17, 2012

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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

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    I Can't Help It...or Can I? O.o

    I've been a nail biter for nearly as long as I can remember. I did manage to stop myself from doing so for about five months but now I'm doing it again. >.< And it's not like I mean to, I'll just be on the internet reading something, or thinking about something in my room...
    Samaya Samaya 16-18, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2007

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    Nervous Habit.

    I used to bite my nails, so they would start to bleed. I've always been a little bit shy, and that always seemed to calm some nerves. Now they are growning out, and I hope to quit biting them all the time. :D
    mizzgreeneyedladyy mizzgreeneyedladyy 18-21, F Jan 3, 2012

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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

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    Not At The Nub

    I'm a classy nail biter. Like my nails still look good but I do bite from time to time, 'specially when I'm thinking realy hard
    Eamane Eamane 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2010

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    I tried to stop this last like 3 days.

    Total fail. #madhardfail
    LuvandLace LuvandLace 16-17, F 6 days ago

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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 2 Responses Apr 29, 2013

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    Fake Nails Don't Fix Anything!

    I bite my nails so badly that for my senior year prom, I went and had acrylic nails put on. The tech was rude, insulting my hands and it wasn't a fantastic experience. It was so difficult grooming them! Days after prom I went to camp, they were all still attached, and thick as...
    silvermoon silvermoon 31-35 3 Responses Oct 26, 2007

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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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    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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    Unfortunitely

    Yes yes and yes, I do bite my nails. It's not pleasant, but I cannot stop. Sometimes I feel like I need to chew on my nails when I'm watching a high-strung movie or playing a game, and it's become second nature. I suppose I could always go into therapy, but hey it's my problem...
    Sparklepaws Sparklepaws 18-21, M 2 Responses May 22, 2008

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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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    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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    Nail Biting Habit

    I started biting my nails in kindergarten. Im a follower and my friend did it so i did it too. She stopped but i couldnt. Now i bite my nails without even knowing. i tried to stop before and i did for awhile but i started it again. Im 15 with short nails. My fingers look ugly and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 7, 2012

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    Nail Biting

    Hi I'm 13 years old and I have been biting my nails since I was 3 so that's 10 1/2 years and its my form of relaxer cuz I have high stress anxiety adhd and lots of other crap to deal with but I'm trying so hard to stop but I am doing well and I am going to get my ears pierced...
    18steengabbysings 18steengabbysings 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2012

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    This Is Kinda Serious But Kinda Funny

    Ever since I was 4 years old (now almost 15) i've been biting my nails. I first started doing it because I thought my nails were too long. My mom used to ask "why are you biting your nails?" And I just replied "because theyre to shorrrrrttt!". lol. I was just too lazy to use the...
    mandycandy0123 mandycandy0123 16-17, F Nov 3, 2012

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    I Hate It...

    I've been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. I wish I could stop.I normally bite them because they are rough, but I will also bite them because I am stressed or anxious.I bite while watching movies in the cinema too.I like my nails to be nice and smooth, so if I have...
    merinsan merinsan 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 3, 2011

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    I Used to Bite My Nails

    Now I have been growing them since maybe 6 mos or more, and I actually have had to cut them a few of times too. =) I used to try to stop for years and it wouldn't last long. I really don"t know what changed this time. I always knew it could be done, because my college...
    dreamweaver127 dreamweaver127 31-35, F Aug 12, 2007

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