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Hi. I never knew there were people who accepted these issues as a classified... problem(?). Now I do and am happy to find this site. My issue isn't picking at skin (other than occasional cuticle obsessions), but biting, especially my tongue and lips. I looked at various websites and they referred me here, saying it was all considered the same type of issue. It's terrible. i bite and chew my tongue to the point that I can't eat or drink without cringing in pain. it bleeds and hurts, and I know full well what I'm doing when I'm doing it, but still just don't stop. My lips - uch, I am often asked if i was hit in the mouth, have a really bad cold soar, wisdom tooth infection - whatever - due to my lips being so swollen from biting them. I know I look silly, gnawing away at my own mouth and it hurts like hell. I barely have any sense of taste left... and it goes on and on. i sit there and do it all the while thinking, I really need to stop (bite), I am going to stop this now (bite), ow this hurts (bite) ...etc...etc... I take Lamictal for seizure/ mood disorder and used to be on Valium for anxiety. I quit the Valium because i know it wreaks havoc on our brain, and didn't notice any change once I was off of it anyway. I am otherwise, with the help of good diet and exercise, completely functional and healthy, mentally and physically. Why do I do this?? does anyone else suffer this particular practice? I would love any suggestions on how to stop. Thank you.