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Unhappy Feel Bad About Self Biting - April 21st 2011, 11:15 PM

Hey, I didn't know that self biting is self harm until today when I looked it up online. Being specific, I bite my nails till I phyically can't but they don't bleed, I bite the inside of my mouth till it bleeds a litlle bit accidently, and I also bite the thin layer of skin on my fingers and it doesn't bleed ironically enough :P
And well, the reason why I'm posting is I want to stop but it's SOO HARD!! I've been trying on my own forever and when it comes to the nail biting, the biter nail polish stuff will NOT work! I just ignore the taste and keep biting them

Everthing I see seems to be a lie. And everything you see in me you think is the truth. But, really all you see is what I'm masking the real me with. You never see me cry. Because I'll never let you. And you'll never see me die because I feel like I already have in a way.

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Re: Feel Bad About Self Biting - April 22nd 2011, 08:07 AM

I've bit that thin nerve-ending-less layer at the tip of my fingers since I was a child, and my fingernails. I wouldn't classify that as self-harm, though. Only because it doesn't leave a mark/evidence of any kind, and you have no nerve endings in your fingernails and you say you don't do it until it bleeds.
Self harm is self-inflicted violence that leaves marks/evidence lasting longer than an hour, so I wouldn't say nail-biting/finger-picking (unless it leaves evidence/bleeds) is self-harm, really. Well, maybe the finger-picking/biting, but I think that's linked to nail-biting in this case. Simple fidgeting. Perhaps you could find some distraction? A hobby of some sort when the urge strikes? I know my little sister used to bite her nails and she started painting them instead, or drawing on paper or herself until the urge left.
I am, however, worried about your cheek-biting, if you "do it until it bleeds accidently," you can't really say that was an "accident." That was purposely done and something triggered it, try doing something to distract yourself as I stated earlier. Perhaps this thread would help you find a distraction that fits you, but remember they don't work for everyone and sometimes you'll just have to get creative. =D.
I wish you luck and you can PM me whenever if you'd like. =)
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