I Can't Stop

I can't remember not bitting my fingers. It feels like I have been bitting them since I can remember. I don't know why I started or when, my mother even had a photo of me as a child with my fingers in my mouth. It has gotten to the point where I do it without even conciously knowing I'm bitting.I hate the way my fingers look and I hate how rough they feel. I aviod shaking hands with people and my fiance complains about how rough they are when I touch him. I tried talking to my doctor about it but she just brushed it off. I need to get this under control I am going to school to be a nurse and I don't want this to interfer with my dream of being a nurse. I just don't know what's wrong with me I feel like some kind of cannible.
tlt84 tlt84
2 Responses May 5, 2012

I've had similar problem. It helps to keep busy with things that will reduce anxiety or stress. But be careful not to "self-medicate" with things that may seem to eliminate stress but then end up increasing it with guilt or other negative emotions.<br />
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My experience is that the root problem is low self-worth, and anxiety are what causes this problem to get out of control. Get rid of any bad habits, reduce caffeine intake, improve diet also helps. Keep a diary of when the problem is worse, and what activities you were engaged in, and what your diet consisted of which may have contributed to the problem.<br />
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Surround yourself with people who really care about you. Stay away from people who do not have your best interests in mind. Bible reading and prayer are of great benefit. Search for God if you haven't started, start now. Anxiety, stress, low self-worth will eventually kill you one way or another, so the problem is much more serious than just a skin problem. The deeper issues need to be addressed. <br />
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Finally, stay away from alcohol, as it will only worsen the problem.

i have the same problem, so i know what your going through. it really sucks:(