Written by stand2endure
30 September 2011
What Is Compulsive Nail Biting?
Compulsive nail biting is a body focused repetitive behavior that
results in the destruction of one's own fingernails and often the skin
around the nails and cuticles. Nail-biting is fairly common, but for
some it is more than just a bad habit.
It can become quite serious, as people who suffer from compulsive
nail-biting may experience bleeding, bruises, infections, or even
permanent damage to the fingers.
The behavior is often unconscious, and people with this compulsion may
have difficulty stopping because they may be unaware of their actions.
Compulsive Nail Biting is also called onychophagia. Compulsively biting just the skin is called dermatophagia. Theses behaviors are classified by psychiatrists as a type of impulse control disorder.