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My fingernails and I need some help

Posted 01-18-2016 at 09:12 PM by Alf Shall Rise
I'm pretty bored and this is on my mind right now, so I figured I'd see if anyone here has some good advice for this shit that I'm about to elaborate on.

So I pick and bite at my fingernails an awful lot. Always have, too. At this point it's developed into a really bad habit that I just can't help myself from doing. My fingernails are an absolute mess as a result, to the point where I feel really self conscious over it. I look at my nails and realize just how obvious it is that I pick at them. They definitely aren't nearly as bad as some of the extreme examples you could probably find online, but they still look pretty fucked up.

I just can't help it, though. Sometimes I'll start doing it without even realizing and before I know it, I've butchered the everloving fuck out of my pinky fingernail. Part of it is definitely anxiety, because I really go to town on them when I'm feeling super anxious, but I do it other times too. Even when I'm bored at work I sometimes do it. And the worst part about it? Most of the time, I actually like what it feels like. I think it feels good, to a certain degree.

The only kind of 'help' I've looked into is googling things by myself, and the best advice I've gotten online is that I need to keep my hands busy when I find myself feeling restless. I've read suggestions like playing with my hair, or twirling a pen around, but neither of those really cut it for me. I still fucking pick at my fingernails after a while.

Any advice?
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moxco's Avatar
Keep your nails tidy by trimming and filing them. If you are anything like me the compulsive nail biting starts when you notice a bit has come loose. Also try chewing gum, I find it to be stimulating enough.

Do you ever find yourself pulling hairs out? I actually have a bald spot on my leg from a particularly stressful assignment.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:18 AM by moxco moxco is offline

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Phylum's Avatar
I had a bald spot on my wrist when I was still trying to struggle through my music degree.

I also bite my nails all the goddamn time, except when I'm travelling. Having cash to spend more time in Europe would be great for my nails, if anyone wants to help me out instead
Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:33 AM by Phylum Phylum is offline

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FrustratedAssassin's Avatar
I bite the skin around my nails and as a result my fingers are all fucked up. My nails are pretty ok though.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 01:27 AM by FrustratedAssassin FrustratedAssassin is offline

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OANST's Avatar
I've learned to not do it when my wife is around. She hits me in the back of the head when I do.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 07:24 AM by OANST OANST is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
I've actually been thinking of asking friends and family to stop me if they ever notice me doing it.

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Originally Posted by MoxCo. Executive
Keep your nails tidy by trimming and filing them. If you are anything like me the compulsive nail biting starts when you notice a bit has come loose. Also try chewing gum, I find it to be stimulating enough.

Do you ever find yourself pulling hairs out? I actually have a bald spot on my leg from a particularly stressful assignment.
I do sometimes start picking when they're untidy, but not always. Sometimes seeing a clean is even more tempting. Fortunately I don't pull any hairs out, or at least not anymore. Sometimes I did when I had longer hair, but it wasn't compulsive at all.

Chewing gum doesn't sound like a bad idea either.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 07:46 AM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

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Jordan's Avatar
Have you tried that stuff you put on your nails to make them taste really bad to put you off doing it?

I'm not so bad with my nails anymore. I only bite them to trim them down because I hate clippers. I am bad for biting the skin around them though. My fingers are absolutely disgusting.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 07:51 AM by Jordan Jordan is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
No but that might help a bit, actually. Although I don't think it'll solve the issue completely since I do a lot more picking than biting.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 08:00 AM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

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OANST's Avatar
The cheaper way of approaching this is to just get a bit of poo on your fingers while wiping your bum, and then not wash your hands.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 09:18 AM by OANST OANST is offline

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STM's Avatar
Or cut off your fingers.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 09:45 AM by STM STM is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
There are people who dont mind shit. What about them?

BTW. Greetings for Fallout 4 players
Posted 01-19-2016 at 09:45 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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Crashpunk's Avatar
Sup!

I also bite my nails and I notice I do it a lot when I'm not doing anything, or if I'm feeling down.

So I'd suggest just keep your mind active. Just be doing something to keep yourself distracted from biting.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 10:44 AM by Crashpunk Crashpunk is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
I dunno. The poo idea sounded pretty good.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 10:55 AM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
I heard biting nails decreases over time as you age. I just trim them with the appropriate tool from time to time nowadays
Posted 01-19-2016 at 10:57 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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FrustratedAssassin's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by STM
Or cut off your fingers.
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Posted 01-19-2016 at 11:08 AM by FrustratedAssassin FrustratedAssassin is offline

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STM's Avatar
My Dad is 56ish and bites his nails worse than I do, Varrok. So bollocks to yer.

FA that's scary. Stop. :B
Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:41 PM by STM STM is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
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Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:49 PM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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Jordan's Avatar
You could try sucking dicks all the time. That might help your problem.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:56 PM by Jordan Jordan is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
If I suck a guy off while giving two other dudes handjobs, then, well...

I think we've figured this out.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 12:57 PM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
If you're reffering to what I think you're reffering to, I wouldn't have understood it a few days ago, because I almost literally just stumbled upon the video
Posted 01-19-2016 at 01:13 PM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
I have no idea what you're talking about. Were you watching porn?
Posted 01-19-2016 at 01:53 PM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

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Varrok's Avatar


If that counts as a porn

Your post just sounded very accurate to it :X
Posted 01-19-2016 at 01:56 PM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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Vexen's Avatar
Wow... a lot of people bite their nails. This has never been a problem for me.
Posted 01-19-2016 at 07:25 PM by Vexen Vexen is offline

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OANST's Avatar
I don't bite my toe nails.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 08:01 AM by OANST OANST is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
You're too old and fat to even reach them.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 09:08 AM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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OANST's Avatar
If I can't see them when I look down, they don't exist.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 10:01 AM by OANST OANST is offline

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Varrok's Avatar
You should become a dictator.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 12:16 PM by Varrok Varrok is offline

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FrustratedAssassin's Avatar
I've always wanted to be a dictator, can I be one instead?
Posted 01-20-2016 at 12:47 PM by FrustratedAssassin FrustratedAssassin is offline

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STM's Avatar
Well I mean, it's Romania so yeah.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 01:20 PM by STM STM is offline

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OANST's Avatar
In communist Romania the dictator deposes the people.
Posted 01-20-2016 at 03:29 PM by OANST OANST is offline

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Alf Shall Rise's Avatar
Will becoming a dictator help me with my fingernails?
Posted 01-20-2016 at 04:15 PM by Alf Shall Rise Alf Shall Rise is offline

 

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