I've always been a nail biter, since I was 5 years old. But I would say, within the last 10 years I bite my cuticles and skin around my nails even more. Sometimes until they bleed. My fingers will start to heal, and then I pick off the scabs and start over again. Sometimes, I don't even realize I'm doing it. I'll be in traffic and when I get home I realize what I've done. I know I'm hurting myself and I can't stop. I'm constantly hiding my hands and putting bandaids on my fingers. It's so embarrassing. My husband is always yelling at me. Recently a good friend saw my fingers and said what's wrong with you...you need to see a phsychiatrist. I have had anxiety issues in the past. I also have a lot a sleep problems. I asked my doctor once for anxiety medication, but she wasn't very helpful. Should I bring it up again? Does any one have any advice? I'm glad to see I'm not the only person with this problem.