A 36-year-old member asked:
Can biting my nails have something to do with my anxiety disorder or my ocd?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 42 years experience
OCD: Ocd is a type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety can exacerbate the habit of nail-biting. Hopefully you're receiving comprehensive treatment for all your issues.
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Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nail-Biting = BFRB: Habitual nail-biting = body-focused repetitive behavior -like skin-picking/hair pulling. Bfrbs occur in response 2 a)emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); & b) uneven/rough parts of nail/skin/scalp. They result in pleasurable feelings & relieve tension. It can be stressful 2 imagine stopping! effective treatments r available (http://bit.Ly/z9dgyb). See clinical psychologist+bfrb expert.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me is biting your nails a anxiety disorder?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Nail biting: Is an anxious habit. It would not qualify as an anxiety disorder. There are behavior modifications techniques which can help you get over this habit.
4.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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