I had no idea this was a disorder


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July 07, 2016

Well I can't offer much advice, because cheek-chewing is still a struggle for me. But I can definitely tell you it's okay, and that you're not alone. It's great that you've discovered what it is though. For a lot of people simply recognizing it as a disorder is enough to help them stop. Now that you're aware of it, maybe try using the chewing as a cue to ask yourself what's really stressing you. Maybe that can help you snap out of the act and assess the underlying issue. -----------------------------Personally, I've used manicures to stop myself from chewing my fingers. I'll rub aloe or vit e on my cuticles, file and paint my nails. Even if they look gnarly when I first paint them, it'll give me a reason to lay off for a while. Chewing my mouth was always harder to stop. People suggested gum, but I'd just move it out of the way to get to my cheek. The only thing that got me to stop for a while was when my dentist casually mentioned that it could cause mouth cancer down the road. That definitely scared me into reevaluating my habits. -----------------------Whatever you try, I hope you find a positive way to deal with your habit. And don't be too hard on yourself, plenty of us munch on ourselves when we're nervous. Good luck!
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July 07, 2016

That's so funny, Ive started doing my nails again! Its difficult because I'm a ceramic artist so my hands are always in clay or something, so I had stopped painting and bothering with my nails. But youre right. Just paying attention to my hands- cuticles, creams and sometimes polish is enough I think for now. The mouth thing is a problem. Especially health wise. I am always aware of the potential bacteria etc. Didn't think cancer was on the cards though so that's worth a think. You are also right about awareness. I am more aware of my actions. I have actually caught myself chewing this week and sometimes I say the hell with it and sometimes I say stop. So its a process. Moving forward. Thank you! :)
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July 09, 2016

I too didn't know this horrible thing has a name. I have been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. At the moment I have Elastoplast on three fingers. These three have been bitten until they bleed, even when the pain was excruciating whilst I was doing it. As soon as the plasters come off my fingers are half way to healing I start all over again. My husband tells me twenty times a night, he doesn't understand that I can't help it. I have mutilated my fingers like this for over 40 years, I am so embarrassed at the state of my fingers. I wish to god there was a cure for it.