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i keep seeing a bunch of posts about people biting and picking at the skin around their nails, which is what i have done since i was about 11 or 12 years old... maybe even before that time. but i haven't really noticed anyone who has overcome this and has been able to give good advice as to what could or can be done to stop doing this? i'm 29 years old and i continously pick at the skin on my fingers. not just one finger in particular - but all of them. i am embarassed and keep them hidden in a hoddy pocket or coat pocket most of the time. the skin around each and every one of my fingers are red/pink. most of the time, they are red though from me picking and biting so much. oddly enough, i don't bite my nails, even though i don't have long fingernails and they are always short. i will talk to other girls around me and notice their fingernails are always done, etc. and i just want to be able to do that. but i am too scared to go to a nail salon because when i did back in the day, the woman just held my hand up and started to shake her head and i ended up walking out... but would love to know of any success stories that people may or may not have at this time. i would love to stop, but would rather not go to a therapist or CBT center [cognitive behavioral therapy] to get the treatment that may help. thanks so much in advance!