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biting nails. - September 27th 2009, 10:12 PM

Does this go here? i don't know but it seems like it should?

I have a serious problem with biting my nails. Like, i could be nervous, or even bored, and i bite and bite them. It's such a bad habit and i can NOT stop.

I've tried painting my nails, but i just take the paint off. It's always a bad thing cause i can never get my nails done cause there so short
I have ever since i was about 12 or 13.

Is there any way i can beat this? It's so hard :l
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Re: biting nails. - September 27th 2009, 10:14 PM

Well the paint does work. Did for me any my mate anyway :/
You could do something else. If you're nervous do something like, wring your hands or something.
   
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Re: biting nails. - September 28th 2009, 12:46 AM

Erm well I know a lot of people who do this, some even resorted to hypnosis, which I think worked for a certain amount of time... Erm you can get special paint which tastes vile! So when you go to bite it tastes so horrible, you don't do it again... Erm or if it wasn't too weird, tape them over, I found biting my nails, it wasn't that I wanted to stop and didn't have the will power but I'd look down and find them all bitten By putting a barrier between, its will power that might be able to stop you, cause you'll go to bite them and think... NO! ...

Final solution is every time you get nervous do something else too... For example I squeeze my hands, and grind my knuckles lol... Find a way of stopping yourself doing it automatically, and then a replacement, till doing the replacement comes natural



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Re: biting nails. - September 30th 2009, 08:18 PM

Well they have hot sauce and things like that or try sitting on your hands when you are about to bit your nails..
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Re: biting nails. - September 30th 2009, 09:22 PM

Chewing gum! It works a little bit for me, doesn't stop me picking at them.


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Re: biting nails. - October 1st 2009, 05:18 PM

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Chewing gum! It works a little bit for me, doesn't stop me picking at them.
If im honest actually I used to be a bit of a nail biter, and thinking about it, since I started chewing 24/7... I haven't bitten, picking maybe... No biting



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Re: biting nails. - October 1st 2009, 05:42 PM

I have the same problem, here's my thread http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f124-...6-nail-biting/

Nothing has helped me to be honest, I have tried everything on that thread. I don't think I will be able to stop until after university because the exams are the worst problem for me. I can grow my nails but as soon as I get into an exam they are gone.
   
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Re: biting nails. - October 1st 2009, 06:34 PM

Get braces! I've bitten my nails my whole life and now that I have braces I can't bite them anymore.
   
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Re: biting nails. - October 1st 2009, 07:45 PM

I've bitten ever since I can remember. My mam used all the nasty paints etc on me and they didn't phase me at all. Braces didn't stop me either. If you find something, please post it, I really want to stop!


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Re: biting nails. - October 2nd 2009, 09:46 PM

i always use the antibacterial hand gel as it tastes vial so it seems to be working so far
   
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Re: biting nails. - October 3rd 2009, 01:52 PM

i know you say that youve tried painting your nails but there is a nail polish MEANT for this addiction (or habbit). it has some chemical in it that is safe to your body but tastes badd. i would google it for the name and see if your drug store carries it, or order it online! just know, there are worse things you could be addicted too, so dont put yourself down about it.
   
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