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There is hope. I was a nail biter, cuticle, scab and lip picker for many years. It started in early childhood and I am now 39. At around 20 I was able to quit nail biting for good. I am 100% cured in that area. As for the picking I am probably 80% cured. I don't have all the easy fixes or simple answers, but I know that if I keep doing what works for me and looking for new ideas and being willing to try them, then I continue to get better and better all the time. There are a lot of really good ideas in this forum. I think the biggest issue is learning to deal with our anxiety in an appropriate or healthy way. If we try to really be conscious of how we are feeling (instead of just functioning on auto pilot) and then address that anxiety logically, it can help a lot. We can ask ourselves questions like: What am I nervous about? What can I do about it? Is there a healthier solution to this problem. (If you are against the idea of having a conversation with yourself, you can ask a friend to help). Here are some other things that have really worked well for me. Eating healthy, Exercise has been essential, Getting fake nails, which was expensive, but later I discovered that PAINTING MY OWN NAILS WORKED JUST AS WELL, Drinking plenty of water, using chapstick, Any preventative measure where I did something good for myself, like moisturizing my cuticles or facial treatments. Many of these things just helped me to love myself more and want to hurt myself less. If I continue to do these tricks then I don't pick at all, but if I get lazy about them then I start picking again. The last thing that I wanted to mention which helps me is to Step outside my comfort zone on a regular basis. At first this seems to be something which increases picking because it causes anxiety, but in the long run it helps. After doing something that I am uncomfortable with successfully I feel more in control and there is an overall decrease in my desire to pick. This is not easy but it is way cool how well it works. Don't be afraid to try it, What have you got to loose? Mostly I wanted everyone to know that it can get better if you keep working at it.