I am glad I am not alone, I am amazed at how many people have this problem. I am 35 years old and have been picking at my toenails since my 20's. Its out of control, I will cut my toenails off with nail clippers and proceed to rip the rest of the nail out with my fingernails. I don't stop until I see blood. My husband just assumes I have messed up toenails that don't grow right because I don't tell him what the real issue is. I also rip the skin off around my toenails, I guess the more blood and pain the better. I didn't realize it was self mutilation until I cam across this website, I just thought it was a disgusting habit of mine. I also eat one finger nail, well there is no nail there anymore and Its always covered with a band aid or a fake nail. My mom saw my feet one time and was horrifed, she asked what happened to your toenails and I told her that I just cut them really short on accident. I am considering on cutting my toenails later tonite because I am home alone and don't have to hide. I wish I could stop, I would love to have nice toes and be able to wear open toe shoes and flip flops.