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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can biting my nails have something to do with my anxiety disorder or my ocd?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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.

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