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

Spannah, thanks for your insights. In my case I've bitten my nails all my life and learned to accept myself as a nail biter. It's the way I'm wired. I realize it looks crude and there are some people who disdain me for it, but they don't really bother me. I concentrate on my positives and living a happy life.

that is quite a bad case i think, but the only hard bit is the initial stopping. there is about a 3 day hum, after that, you wont want to bite your nails no more really. and you thought it was cool in school? seriously?! i hated it when i bit my nails in school, i hated pointing at stuff aswell. one of my science teachers bites her nails and after seing a grown adults nails, it prompted me to stop because i though "i dont want my nails looking like that when i am older!" she also had extremely dry skin around her mouth, now i dont know if this has anything to do with her biting her nails, bit it definatley looks unsightley.

Lawguy: If ppl are going to answer your last question, about if there is a worse nail-biting case than yours, you need to post pics of your nails. Mine are getting shorter again, but they are still not as short as the really extreme ones which one of our fellow biters has posted in their album.<br />
So, are you really gonna quit now, after all those years? Good luck to you, you will need A LOT of luck because it is such an awful habit to quit. Did you really feel at school that biting your nails made you look cool? It never made me feel cool at school, I was always embarrassed by my gross nail biting habit.

As a non-stop life-time nail-biter, I did some research. I read it is a primordial grooming disorder inherited from birds and other species. I found out we have an intensive need for order in our lives. I also read it is a form of ************. That is the reason many nail-biters are embarrased to do it in public.<br />
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I have bitten my nails to nubs since I stopped sucking my thumb. I also bit my toe nails as a kid. My parents always nagged me about it. In school, I thought I was cool when I bit my nails. It was up there with smoking cigarettes and getting laid. In college, it turned off a lot of girls. In business, people frowned on it but I did it anyway. When I thought it was time to outgrow it I saw a shrink who said I am normal and not to worry about it; I may stop for no reason or do it for life. With that, I continued to do it constantly without shame or embarrasment.<br />
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Today I saw a dentist because my front teeth are severely chipped and eroded. The dentist did cosmetic veneer work but said I will need crowns and may lose my teeth if I continue to bite my nails. I haven't bitten them for 9 hours and am suffering severe withdrawl. I got an emery board and have started to file my nails to keep them down but miss the pleasure that salivating and biting into the nails gives. <br />
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Anybody know a worse nail-biting case than mine?

I really would like to know why some of us do this and what we may have in common.. I wonder if it has to do with anxiety?.. even if we dont realize it ourselves, maybe it is a feeling that manifests this way.. I have also noticed than when I grow my nails and am more polished I feel more confident.. Can somethingg so simple change how we feel about ourselves so quickly? it's pretty interesting.. and seems so worth it.. you can do it!

I really would like to know why some of us do this and what we may have in common.. I wonder if it has to do with anxiety?.. even if we dont realize it ourselves, maybe it is a feeling that manifests this way.. I have also noticed than when I grow my nails and am more polished I feel more confident.. Can somethingg so simple change how we feel about ourselves so quickly? it's pretty interesting.. and seems so worth it.. you can do it!