I Suffer From Onychophagia

Nail biting is the habit of biting one's fingernails or toenails during periods of nervousness, stress, hunger, or boredom. It can also be a sign of mental or emotional disorder. 50 People


    I have been biting my nails since before I can remember, because my mother would tell me stories about how I would bite them so much that they would bleed. She would inform me of situations I simply have never been able to recall. I am 28 yrs old, and I still bite my nails as...
    DNAsample DNAsample
    26-30, F
    Mar 18, 2010

    Short Nails

    I also have extremely short nails, torn cuticles and all... Have done this all my life... Sure wish I could kick the awful embarrassing habit!!
    Craftyduck Craftyduck
    46-50, F
    Sep 28, 2012

    Nail Biting

    Okey, so my mum is a severe nail/toenail biter.... I'm now 15, and since the age of about 8, my mum has encouraged me to start biting both my fingernails and toenails. As expected I started to, and haven't stopped. However, it's been taken a step further in that she likes me to...
    AlexSmith22 AlexSmith22
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2013

    This Sucks!

    I am a 14 year old eigth grader. My parents have told me that I have always had my fingers in my mouth. Especially this year I am worried and more aware of my appearance. It sucks having a nail biting problem because kids at school are always saying " oh she has nubs! Or " look...
    basketballndl basketballndl
    Jun 9, 2010

    Even More Nail Biting!!

    Long time no speak! But my habit has gone to the next level! My mum has started to notice by lack of nails even more, as I've begun to wear open top shoes all the time because of the nice weather! And believe it or not, she has restarted her habit too, because she liked mine so...
    AlexSmith22 AlexSmith22
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jun 12, 2013

    I'm Addicted.

    I'm glad to learn there's a name for this obsession I have. It's one of my many addictions. Before the age of 12 or so I used to bite my nails. They were shorter than my peers and it helped me to endure the stress of my life. Though it seemed over the years my obsession got...
    4vrUnique 4vrUnique
    6 Responses Nov 5, 2009

    Suffer From Nail Biting And Want To Stop.

    Yes, it was been over 30 years of biting nails and its so hard to stop. i just want a life of great looking fingers. My main concern is mostly the skin biting around my nails. I've tried a few things but nothing seems to work long term. Any tips? It's terrible always having that...
    dmues dmues
    Feb 22, 2012

    My Nails Are Now Growing And Are Strong :)

    I had always chewed my nails, I think mostly when i was nervous I would played with them, tearing them off so they were never very long and they didn't look nice. They were brittle nails, which drove me crazy because they would chip and would never grow very...
    CrackedNut CrackedNut
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 22, 2010

    Will This Ever End?

    My name is Min, I am 38.  I have been biting my nails my whole life.  I have tried everything to stop.  My grandmother used to give me lots of incentives to stop when I was a young girl, but nothing ever worked.  When I got married, I had special instructions...
    peach2 peach2
    4 Responses Jul 24, 2008

    Spouse Doesn't Understand...

    I have been suffering from onychophagia for as long as I can remember. I also bite the skin, cuticles, scabs around my fingernails. I bite my nails constantly. I will not respond to questions from people because I can't take my fingers out of my mouth. I will be late leaving the...
    babblinbrunett babblinbrunett
    26-30, F
    Apr 26, 2012

    My Nails

    I have been a chronic nail biter since a very little girl, my parents made a huge deal about my poor nails, which only made me bite them even more, I even started to bite my toenails kids logic told me if i did that, I would stop biting my finger nails, needless to say it didn't...
    lucyharris lucyharris
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Jul 20, 2008


    My name is Evelyn. I am 61 years old and have suffered from Onychophagia since I was a child. For as long as I can remember I have been a nail biter. Sore jagged fingertips and nails all the time. Reactions to stress and anxiety and just anything. For most of my adult life I...
    EvelynJK EvelynJK
    1 Response Mar 19, 2013

    Toenail Chewing Habit

    I'm 14 and started chewing my toenails only 3years ago. Most 14 year old girls would want long glamorous nails but I love my bitten ones. I can't help but sit and chew them wherever I are so that they are as small and round as possible. Then I love to paint them and walk around...
    AlexSmith22 AlexSmith22
    13-15, F
    Jan 2, 2013

    Its a Habit

    It a terrible habit for me till now... I have tried many ways to kick it but still the same. i've tried manicuring my nails, so that i wont destroy them, but at the end of the day i would peel the varnish off and start biting my nails. sigh... I do ti whenever i'm restless...
    nicorley nicorley
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Nov 4, 2007

    My Son

    I have an 8 yr. old son who is a nail biter. He hardly has any fingernail left on his fingers and he chews sores into his fingers that become infected. The yucky tasting stuff doesn't work and I can't get on his case for it or he does it worse. I can't seem to find any useful...
    concernedmom concernedmom
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 18, 2007

    Onychophagia And More...

    It all started when i was 7 years old in the second grade. I had a hang nail so i bit it off and it was no big deal excet my nail was now gone. The next week or so my nail has now healed and it was starting to grow back, but then i caught my self biting it BACK OFF. That was when...
    mylife1 mylife1
    13-15, M
    May 19, 2010

    I Suffer From Onychophagia

    My name is Kate and I am 18 years old. I suffer from severe Onychophagia and I have since I was 4 years old. My parents told me that I always had my fingers in my mouth when I was little and didn't even realize it, it just came naturally to me. Now it is one of the worst things I...
    ktemillr ktemillr
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Dec 3, 2008


    I have onychophagia and i need help. i chew, bite, rip, tear or clip off anything on, near of part of my nail. i even sever my actual skin on my fingers and toes. I'm always bleeding and have hangnails and slivers. Recently i cut off the edge of my toe and it was very bloody. My...
    geckoperson62 geckoperson62
    Sep 9, 2011

    Toenail Chewing +

    Loving biting my toenails as small as possible but today was brilliant. I was over a friends house and I took my socks off and kept trying to flaunt my toes until she finally realised. "Wow your toenails are short" she said - I was we'll happy. We spoke about it and I told her...
    AlexSmith22 AlexSmith22
    13-15, F
    Jan 3, 2013
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