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Old 09-16-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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Friend bites her nails badly


a good friend of mine bites her nails really badly, right down till theres almost nothing left, then she picks them with a pin to get some more. I personally dont mind, i think its a cute habit sometimes, but i'm worried she will hurt herself, even though she says it doesnt. Does any other girls here bite their nails badly, is it just a habit, should I get her to stop?



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Old 09-16-2004, 01:44 PM   #2
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Re: Friend bites her nails badly

Your friend probably has what is termed compulsive skin picking, also known as dermatillomania or neurotic excoriation.

A small percentage of o.c.ders have this, but it is not classified as o.c.d. per say.

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Old 09-18-2004, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Friend bites her nails badly

there was a bitter tasting liquid that could be painted on the nails, perhaps its still available

chewing gum may suffice

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