Onychophagia (Nail Biting)

Have you ever tried to stop biting your nails and still can’t?

I know how you feel as a kid I remember different “cures” to stop nail biting , you may be familiar with some of these:

  • Wear mittens or gloves , ok in winter, but summer time, really?
  • Cut them so short that there is no nails to bite, but sure you just move onto the skin then, yes?
  • Nail varnish. Guess what some boys (and girls) don’t like it.
  • Mustard or Marmite(probably UK only!) pasted onto your fingers. A bit smelly but you just get used to the flavour or wash it off.

Of course I don’t remember any of these “cures” being that effective.

Indeed I still recall watching my then girlfriend bite and chew her nails and skin in front of me as if it was a normal thing to do.

You are special as a person so why leave your recovery to chance?

In all my years as a therapist working with anxiety sufferers I have no doubts that nail biting along with blushing, more often than not, have a common source so by managing your anxiety you can also manage your nailing biting.

It’s 2019 there is no need for anybody to endure painful disfigured fingernails and skin. I’m sure you’ll agree.

Please pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested in this topic and if they want further information then sure I’d be happy to help.


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