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Do You Chew Your Nails?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by anthony, Jul 10, 2007.

Do You Chew Your Nails From Stress?

  1. Yes

    34 vote(s)
  2. No

    18 vote(s)
  3. I pick fingernails or toenails or both

    18 vote(s)
  1. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    I wonder how many chew their nails because of stress / anxiety.
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  3. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    I'm really bad for this. I often bite my nails until they bleed, I rip my toenails off and pick at my skin until it bleeds too. A lot of the time I do it unaware, and then realize it later. I'm starting to see the connection, in that I do it more when I'm stressed out.
  4. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

    I don't actually chew them, I rip them apart! I catch myself doing it all the time and it's a horrible habit. Blah.

  5. batgirl

    batgirl I'm a VIP

    Yeah I do that with my toenails, tear them off, rip them apart! It's really gross. A lot of times I bleed from it. You're right it's a disgusting habit.
  6. Marlene

    Marlene I'm a VIP Premium Member

    I keep my nails trimmed extremely short so there's nothing for me to pick and peel apart. Otherwise I end up with infections from tearing at my nails.
  7. hodge

    hodge I'm a VIP Premium Member Donated

    Yeah, I do all of this, too. It's really awful and disgusting. The last time I was able to keep my fingers looking nice was before my wedding to my husband. My mother-in-law told me a couple weeks beforehand that she wanted to give me a manicure for our wedding. I thought that was so sweet, and I was able to leave my hands alone for those days so that I could go to the manicurist and not be embarressed about my nails, which are really naturally strong and nice, by the way. But I went back to it again after the wedding. I hate it. I do it unawares usually, too. I can see it's a form of self-destructiveness. I figure that it will abate as I continue in healing.
  8. kers

    kers I'm a VIP

    No nail-chewing, although I have long had the habit of biting my fingers or arm. It crosses the line into self-harm, in my opinion, so now I try to just wring my hands. Not much relief, though!
  9. permban0077

    permban0077 Policy Enforcement Banned

    I wonder why you posted but did not answer! I pick the hell out of my nails. Always fidgeting with my hands. I bit my nails as a kid but seemed to outgrow it.
  10. She Cat

    She Cat Policy Enforcement Banned Premium Member Sponsor $100+

    Well actually I used too chew them, pick them, and eventually they would bleed. But now I pay $60 a month for acrylic nails so I won't do that. LOL!!!!! The minute one falls off though.....Oh crap it's bleeding in less than an hour.
  11. Shinigami_Shimai

    Shinigami_Shimai Active Member

    Very much so. I gnaw at them until the edges bleed at times. I also chew on my hands and arms. I try not to do this infront of others and I remember the strange way Kim stared at me when I started biting my arm. I've tried to stop biting myself for her sake, but I've turned to scratching and now my doctor wants me to go back to biting my nails because it is less destructive.... *sighs*

  12. kkoehler

    kkoehler New Member

    Weird thing is I used to bite my nails but since the PTSD, I've stopped only to begin other bad habits. Its like I'm different person now, habits, dress and all.
  13. skyward_falls

    skyward_falls Member

    I will chew and bite my nails down so low on the nail bed it my fingers will throb and bleed and just plain hurt for a few days. I dig into the sides of the nail and at the cuticle with my teeth. Its a nervous habit of mine. I get so carried away with it I don't realize that the whole room could be staring at me in disgust - nor would I care because I am busy. :-P
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