Nail Biting

United States
March 19, 2007 12:59pm CST
Okay, I will admit, I am a 30 year old wife and mother of three but I cannot stop biting my nails. I started when I was two and have tried everything I can think of to stop and have failed. I paint my nails with clear polish and that works for a bit but then I find that I have chewed off the polish and then BAM! half my nails are chewed to bits. I don't even realize I am doing it most of the time. I know it's a bad habit, I must have the shortest nails in the world, but I can't seem to kick the habit. Any suggestions? Did you used to be a nail biter but have since reformed? I need help!
3 responses
@perugu (5281)
• India
19 Mar 07
hi,friend,i saw many people who had this habit even at the elder age also.My daughter also had this habit,probably she may come to compitetion to you in having shortest nails.So i too come here again to see suggestions.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
good luck! My mother used to bite her nails as a child and then just stopped when she turned 18, I wish I was able to quit...maybe there is hope for me and your daughter, too!
• United States
19 Mar 07
I use to bite my nails everytime I was nervous or upset about something. I stopped by cutting my nails really short and not leaving anything to be chewed on. If I am in the mood to have long nails, I have acrylics put on. They aren't easy to chew through and usually your teeth will start hurting if you try for to long. Acrylics have really helped me kick the habit of nail biting.
• United States
19 Mar 07
Thanks for the advice but my nails are already so short there isn't anything to cut. My nails don't make it anywhere near the end of my finger, the longest nail would have to be the thumb and it is just over 1/4 of an inch long. I tried to have acrylics put on but I didn't have enough original nail for them to work with.
@ratburn (939)
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
i was also a nail biter when i was a kid. i know the feeling of intentionally putting polish to avoid biting my nails. yes, i've also chewed off the polish! my mom always warned me that she would put chili on my nails to stop me from it. she never did. i'm still a nail biter but not as profusely as before. i've observed that i bite my nails when i'm in the movie house watching a suspense movie or when i have nothing to chew. my nails become the popcorn. haha. i also nail bite when i'm stressed or jittery. 1/8 inch nails are crazy! i think you need to relax. i mean try to observe, when do you bite your nails. is it when you're not busy with anything or when you're stressed?
@ratburn (939)
• Philippines
24 Mar 07
i know how you feel. i think i also bite my nails often when my hands are idle. i don't think it's caused purely by stress because sometimes i don't even realize that i'm doing it. i've heard that thing about smokers. just be sure you don't gain weight because of substituting food with your nails. i'd stick to my nails, at least it won't make me fat. haha.
• United States
25 Mar 07
So true! So true!