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Tigathon , 22 Jul 2011

I Pick Toes and Fingers

Wow, I am completely astounded. I was fretting again in bed, tossing an turning, unable to sleep because of my bad habit when i decided to look up how to stop. I stumbled across this website and almost burst out crying. I never realized that what I do is more than just a bad habit and I worried that I was the only one. I have bitten both my fingernails and toenails for as long as I can remember ( I am 15) and on top of that already gross habit I also pick and bite the skin around the nail. My right big toe is infected at the moment, something I am constantly battling. It is so painful! I am relieved and horrified at the same time to learn what I have. It makes sense, though. My mother has a slight case of OCD and my father has been cheating on her since I was born, so my life is fairly stressful. I pride myself on being an optimistic person, and I have dealt with my family's disfunctions as best I can...except for this terrible habit I have become addicted to. My hands are disgusting and bloody all the time and everyone in my family comments about them. I have tryed the bitter nail polish, but I only got used to the taste and continued biting. I have created an account and I really hope that it will help me stop. I hope my infection will go away soon!
2 Answers
July 22, 2011
I am exactly the same and like you i have been through some stressful times. Im only a year older than you so i know how stressful it can be to keep it hidden. One thing that i found has helped is things such as an rubix cube to keep your hands busy when you feel the urge to pick. Also try an relax more and do more things with your friends so you dont get stressed out. I hope this helped x
July 24, 2011

In reply to by tremmsy

Thankyou so much for your advise. Lately I have been making a consious effort to aviod doing it because my family is very aware of it. This site has forced me to realize I have a problem and I am on my way to solving it, I hope. Luckily, I have a rubix cube, so I will try out your suggestion. Thx so much, I'm glad someone could relate :)

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