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What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

What is the most effective way to get rid of a nail biting habit for an adult?

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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I have a terrible habit of nail biting, what are good ways of getting rid of this habit?

I have a terrible habit of nail biting, what are good ways of getting rid of this habit?

Negative reinforceme: You may want to try "negative reinforcement" which is essentially a punishment every time you do it. You can put on a nail polish or something else that tastes bad. Then every time you bite your nails, you experience a bad taste. This may help you stop. ...Read more

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I used to be a real bad nail/ and skin on it biter and brown streaks are present in my nails? I stopped the nail biting now, but how do I rid them?

Wait long enough: The nail grows outward from the nail bed and now that injuries to the bed have stopped, normal looking nail will grow. The normal look to the whole nail may take several months to achieve. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to overcome nail biting? The urge increases when anxious and stressed out.

Many Tx options: It could be helpful to apply a non-poisonous substance on the nails that is noxious but safe such as cayenne peppers , etc. Other Tx options include bio-feedback or other psychological interventions ...Read more

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What do I do to get people to leave me alone about my nail biting?

By stop biting them: And hence shut them up. Its not a good habit and potentially you can cause yourself a bad infection in the fingers with germs from your mouth. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop lip and nail biting habit?

Substitution: You could try replacing this happened with another. For instance you could buy a softball that you can squeeze and put in your pocket every time you have the urge to do your other habits. ...Read more

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Does nail biting habit indicate some sort of a mental problem?

Does nail biting habit indicate some sort of a mental problem?

Not necessarily: Sometimes people get into the habit of nail biting and it becomes hard to break. Some people bite their nails to shorten them. Some people are stress nail biters & some bite compulsively to the point of self-harm. ...Read more

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Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

It's possible.: Try it and see. Get a manicure and pretty polish. Notice how good nails look and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Is Mavala Stop harmful? It's a bad-tasting polish you apply on the nails to discourage nail-biting. I have been applying it daily on the skin at the edges of my fingers (not nails) as I have a bad habit of biting at the edges of my fingers. I want to co

Is Mavala Stop harmful? 

It's a bad-tasting polish you apply on the nails to discourage nail-biting. I have been applying it daily on the skin at the edges of my fingers (not nails) as I have a bad habit of biting at the edges of my fingers. I want to co

Topical use ok: The product has quite a list of ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Butyle Acetate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Sucrose Octaaacetate, Denatonium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, D&C Violet No. 2. Most of these are used in other cosmetic products that are used regularly. Do not ingest. ...Read more

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How can I stop my nail biting habit?

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

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