Anxiety & Nail Biting

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I have always bit my nails ever since I was younger. There's no surprise that it caused by a mixture of anxiety and OCD. Now that I am in Year 13 and UCAS applications have started, it has gotten worse and more severe. My fingers bleed on a daily, yet I still decide to chew on them. The pain is tolerable, but sometimes I will purposely put pressure on my damaged nails so that I can feel pain - I don't know why I do this? I get really insecure about my hands in public because my mother always tells me off and tease me about the appearance of my nails. They look pretty disgusting and I always feel the need to cover them due to shame and embarrassment... How do I stop? I have tried everything such as painting nail polish on top, though I still manage to pick and scratch them off. To anyone who has overcome onychophagia, what was your solution?
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I have always bit my nails ever since I was younger. There's no surprise that it caused by a mixture of anxiety and OCD. Now that I am in Year 13 and UCAS applications have started, it has gotten worse and more severe. My fingers bleed on a daily, yet I still decide to chew on them. The pain is tolerable, but sometimes I will purposely put pressure on my damaged nails so that I can feel pain - I don't know why I do this? I get really insecure about my hands in public because my mother always tells me off and tease me about the appearance of my nails. They look pretty disgusting and I always feel the need to cover them due to shame and embarrassment... How do I stop? I have tried everything such as painting nail polish on top, though I still manage to pick and scratch them off. To anyone who has overcome onychophagia, what was your solution?
I'm a little bit younger than you but I have the same problem. Don't let the nail-biting affect your studdies because this will fail you and I'm not kidding.
you can apply very spicy chillies on your nails, start wearing fake nails
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I have always bit my nails ever since I was younger. There's no surprise that it caused by a mixture of anxiety and OCD. Now that I am in Year 13 and UCAS applications have started, it has gotten worse and more severe. My fingers bleed on a daily, yet I still decide to chew on them. The pain is tolerable, but sometimes I will purposely put pressure on my damaged nails so that I can feel pain - I don't know why I do this? I get really insecure about my hands in public because my mother always tells me off and tease me about the appearance of my nails. They look pretty disgusting and I always feel the need to cover them due to shame and embarrassment... How do I stop? I have tried everything such as painting nail polish on top, though I still manage to pick and scratch them off. To anyone who has overcome onychophagia, what was your solution?
I used to bite my nails, it was just a habit I couln't break.

Eventually I went to a nail bar and got acrylic nails - they put extensions on your nails if they are very short like mine were. I wore acrylics for a few months, then I moved to gel nail varnish and now I just wear normal nail polich and don't bite my nails anymore. But I have to keep them very short or they start looking appealing again to me.
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