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How Can I Quite My Lifelong Nail Biting Habit
I have a huge nail biting habit. I've tried to quit multiple times. Is there anything that can help me succeed?
Nail polish: At the pharmacy, there is a clear nail polish (called bite it. In us about $5) that tastes horrible so when it's on your nails, you will taste it and it will break you of this bad habit. Good luck. ...Read more
Notice it: Often if you can notice that it is happening, you can stop these kinds of habits. However, some will paint their nails with jalapeno juice or some other vile taste to help remind you not to. The other thing you try is to carry nail clippers or files with you, as often it is the desire to clear a hangnail that starts it. ...Read more
Broke my nail biting habit and now that my nail have grown, i've noticed they are extremely thin. Is there anything i can do to make them thicker? Ty
Nothing: Allow time for it to thicken by itself. It is normal. ...Read more
Nail biting: Nail biting is usually a nervous habit that can be hard to stop. Some methods that have worked include application of otc nail lacquers that contain foul tasting or hot substances that make biting distasteful. Also occasional oral meds such as a ssri or other anti-anxiety meds may work. ...Read more
Onychophagia: Treating the underlying anxiety - or possibly bipolar disorder - can go a long way in helping. For those with generalized anxiety disorder, Buspirone can be very effective. If hypomania, mood stabilization may assist. Cognitive behavior therapies would emphasize alternative means of anxiety relief including relaxation protocols, distress tolerance strategies, and exposure. Rub a worry stone? ...Read more
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