<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Maebius</i>
<br />Well, I'll raise my short-nailed hand to join the club here.
I have been chewing my nails voraciously since I was young. I vaguely think I started in my teen years, but it's been so long I forget. I do know that as an infant I never sucked my thumb, but rather chewed a blanket, toys, and anything else that fit in this greab gob of mine.
I have noticed lately that it may be stress related, since when I am on vacation or otherwise engaged in other activities like gardening I "forget" to chew my nails. Of course after a week's abstinence they are just long enough to really give me a good surface to work with again, so I start to Gnaw-Gnaw-Gnaw again, and if I get them so close to my finger that it hurts a bit, I know it was a good chew.
I'm sure it is something bothering me, because if I make a conscience effort to stop (or even wrap my fingertips in bandaids) I start some new nervous habit like pinging off hair (great if I get the root!) from the back of my hand or arm.
I've been following this thread with interest, but must admit I'm an addict as well.
I've tried those bitter "paints" but I develop a taste for them and just bite away. I've even tried to paint my nails with a clear polish hoping the mental aspect of all that toxic stuff on the nails would dissuade me, but then I simply pick at them until there is a good surface. Usually I don't even notice I'm doing it until it's done, then of course I need to "even things out" if I've already started to chew one.
(aside: Wonder why in my case there is almsot a pain-threshhold thing going on. I don't stop chewing until there is physically no more nail left extending from beyond the finger. same with other nervous habits I create for when the nails are too short to chomp)
Perhaps we should start an NBA team. Nail Biters Anonymous.
Hi, My name is Nate, and I bite my nails to the quick every day.[8D]
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Hey that is a cute idea - Nail Biters Anonymous-NBA for short. I'm going to have to remember that.