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Exclamation doesn't really taste good - April 9th 2010, 03:40 AM

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okay so I'd have it. Yesterday I actually tore off a chunk of skin from my fingers. ( have OCD-biting) They look horrible and I hate myself so much. I just can't help it. The therapy isn't working and I'm losing so much money on bandages and other medical things.

I tried stopping. I couldn't go on for a day. I was shaking and ughhh.....anxiety attacks every thirty minutes. I tried distracting myself, and now I've ruined my painting (I was finishing one and well...you can imagine) And ever since that time I tried to stop, I feel really bad, depressed and confused somehow and I don't know why. The doctor's not in till Monday and I'm desperate for help.

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Re: doesn't really taste good - April 9th 2010, 05:26 AM

i don't know how this would work...but, maybe you could put gloves on your hands and that way when you bit them you'd just bite the glove?
if you don't have gloves you could use a pair of socks.
maybe that could work until you get to see the doctor.
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Re: doesn't really taste good - April 9th 2010, 05:38 AM

You need to redirect your stress, go for a jog or go to the gym. You need something that fully distracts you.


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Re: doesn't really taste good - April 9th 2010, 06:18 PM

Distract yourself with the things that will really take up all your attention. Something that you are really interested and something that involves action. I wouldn't suggest just sitting idol... maybe play a video game, or exercize, or clean your area.


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Re: doesn't really taste good - April 9th 2010, 06:58 PM

Hey Nir,

I have the same problem. I will bite my hands until big chunks of skin come off, and blood comes pouring out. It was a problem I've had since fourth grade. I spent sooo much money on bandages just like you.

One thing I found really helped was if you go and get a retanier. Just the plastic ones that fit over your teeth. It really helped me so that I couldn't actually bite into my skin.
If you don't have enough money to buy a retanier, then go to the closest store to you, and they should have mouth gaurds that people use when playing sports. They normally cost under a dollar, and they work equally as well.

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