I Bite My Nails

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    I'm always biting my nails.

    ugh. how do i stop? nail polish doesn't work for ****. i scrape it off.
    SheWhoCuts SheWhoCuts
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jan 2

    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, 2015
    wassl wassl
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 1, 2014

    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

    Bad day. Haven't felt anxious

    or anything like that today, but my nails have taken a beating. They hurt like hell, but still bite and pick.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 13, 2015

    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

    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, 2015

    I picked it up from my dad,

    my nails aren't too bad yet, but I don't really have any lol.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 2, 2014
    brandye brandye
    26-30, F
    Dec 19, 2014

    Had this habit since forever it seems.

    Always tried to stop but eventually keep coming back to it. The only real way to get me to stop is if I paint them which is what I'm doing now and so far they are growing well. Just hope I can keep it up. I hate biting my nails and making them bleed and look all grubby. I always...
    blackheartlover blackheartlover
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 30, 2015
    viperguy96 viperguy96
    18-21, M
    Oct 20, 2015

    anyone who's close to me will know I'm anxious

    well before I actually figure it out, simply based on how short my nails are! my late best friend and I had a pact never to stop biting our nails, because that was quite simply, our identity. and I shall honour that pact! also, god help me if I eventually DID stop biting them, I...
    jahosijhs jahosijhs
    26-30, M
    Mar 14

    I've been biting my nails

    since I was a kid, and for those other nail biters out there, you know how hard it is to stop. I've stopped on and off, even once for a bet. Sometimes it would only last a couple weeks or months, and sometimes even years (I think my longest to go without biting was 4yrs). But I...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jan 25

    Okay, so I love biting my nails,

    the shorter the better. I really enjoy the satisfaction of biting and chewing my nails right down as short as they will go. It feels great and I sometimes even bite my toenails too! I think bitten nails look absolutely amazing on men and women and I never intend to quit! :)
    lewlog lewlog
    18-21, M
    1 Response Aug 25, 2015

    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, 2015

    I tried to stop this last like 3 days.

    Total fail. #madhardfail
    LuvandLace LuvandLace
    22-25, F
    Sep 11, 2014

    I have extreme anxiety

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

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 1, 2014

    Uuuugh I bite my nails

    when im nervous or thinking about something. It is not attractive in the slightest.
    Raptax231 Raptax231
    22-25, M
    Sep 21, 2014

    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

    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

    It's bad I know! It's how I control my anxiety

    about things which make me feel apprehensive. I only bite, I never swallow them!
    Bonhommeg Bonhommeg
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 1, 2015

    I am so happy my nails are finally growing out!

    They have never been this long before. The urge to bite them has stopped since I paint them all the time but I'm sure as soon as I forget to polish them again I'll start again.
    blackheartlover blackheartlover
    18-21, F
    Aug 30, 2015

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Dec 17, 2014
    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 12, 2014

    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

    Lately, I've been trying to regrow my nails

    again but there are times where I don't even realize that I'm picking and biting them back down again.
    LittleMidnight LittleMidnight
    18-21
    Aug 25, 2015

    Nervous Energy

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

    I bite my nails ever

    since a child. Adults busted my ovaries for it. Front teeth are capped. Now my nails get bitten off all messed up. Yet, I still bite them off all the same.
    dulcivoluptas dulcivoluptas
    26-30, F
    Jul 25, 2015

    I do.. I have been doing it

    for since I was 3.. =( I wanna stop but can't... no idea why though.
    ideky1253 ideky1253
    16-17, F
    Apr 15

    Recently I bought a black spinner ring off

    Amazon and it's kept me from biting my nails for about a week now. I really hope it works out because I've tried SO many different things.
    crystalmethane crystalmethane
    18-21, F
    Oct 18, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Oct 29, 2014
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 30, 2015

    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

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    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

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 22, 2015

    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

    everytime I think my nails are growing .

    .. I bite them off. help.
    kamrideley kamrideley
    26-30, F
    Apr 13, 2015

    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

    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

    when I am stressed, the more stressed I am the

    shorter they end up, right now I have quite long nails, but next week I have an appointment I am not looking forward to, so no doubt they will get bitten :)
    ToffeeUk ToffeeUk
    26-30, F
    Oct 16, 2015
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