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I have an anxiety disorder and I tend to bite my nails a lot.
I tried putting nail polish but it doesn’t work.
Anything else I can do to permanently stop?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I have an anxiety disorder and I tend to bite my nails a lot.
I tried putting nail polish but it doesn’t work.
Anything else I can do to permanently stop?
There are special nail polishes which you can get which taste absolutely horrific, so you become classically conditioned to stop biting your nails because everytime you go to do so, you get this disgusting taste in your mouth. They're relatively cheap online and on amazon etc.
You could try getting something else you can keep with you and fiddle with when you feel the urge to bite them. For example a rubber band, just something small you can occupy your hands with.

Good luck!
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I have an anxiety disorder and I tend to bite my nails a lot.
I tried putting nail polish but it doesn’t work.
Anything else I can do to permanently stop?
I used to have the same problem, the honest answer ignoring the bs is to just stop yourself, nothing forces you to bite them, just recognise you're doing it then dont. Worked for me.
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I tried using the foul tasting stuff, but I just kept doing it. My nails are super short, but not ugly.
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Personally been using the bitter nail polish, but it really works as more of a 'reminder' for when I begin to bite. Like any other habit, I've tried to work through the underlying cause. If I'm nervous, I tend to bite, so I keep more food or water around me to replace the need to. If I'm stressed, I'll take a break from whatever I'm doing. If I'm watching a video or something where my hands are idle, I'll try to use a fidget toy or hold a pen, so there's something to occcupy my hands. Conversely, chewing gum might help you. If you want to continue with a barrier method, perhaps try wearing gloves or getting shellac over your nails.

Ultimately, like any addiction/nervous habit, it's about noticing when you're going to do it, and managing the triggers. It's alright to start over, any time.
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just keep them hands busy
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To be honest, I don’t see a problem with nail biting, it keeps my nails even shorter than I could cut them, keeps my hands neat, means I can’t scratch people accidentally, and means I can’t get anything under them.
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