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Is Nail Biting a Form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, nail biting is more than just an unfortunate habit. Soon, the behavior will be classified as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Up until this point, nail biting has been listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as “not otherwise classified.” More common symptoms of OCD include unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to repetitive behaviors. But of course, only the most extreme nail biters will fit into the OCD category.

"As with hair pulling and skin picking, nail biting isn't a disorder unless it is impairing, distressing, and meets a certain clinical level of severity," Carol Mathews, M.D., a psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, told Vera Sizenky of Women’s Health. "That is not the vast majority of nail bitters. It is a very small minority of people."

Yet, some nail biters believe that classifying the behavior as a full-fledged disorder is too extreme. In any case, it’s important to know that nail biting can cause skin infections and can increase the risk of colds.

What do you think SodaHeads? Is nail biting a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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  • Kelso(: 2012/11/06 23:33:58
    No
    Kelso(:
    I bite my nails because I get hang nails, not because i'm OCD
  • Luna Wren 2012/11/06 14:42:41
    Yes
    Luna Wren
    It could be
  • Papilio 2012/11/06 12:34:32
    No
    Papilio
    WTF.I'm just sometimes starving *`*
  • AdmrlLocke 2012/11/06 06:57:49
    Yes
    AdmrlLocke
    +1
    Sure, if someone does it obsessively or compulsively. :-P
  • Merlin 2012/11/06 05:03:17
    No
    Merlin
    Mine's not at least, I do it if they get too long.
  • Sonny 2012/11/06 03:40:56
    No
    Sonny
    I can't say that it is because the person might not do it all the time... it could also be a sign of stress or nervousness which everybody goes through at some point
    nervous bitting nails
  • Tim 2012/11/06 00:50:41
    No
    Tim
    +1
    Why would the general public know?
    If you want an answer, ASK AN EXPERT!!

    MY ANSWER IS NOT NO, it is "ASK AN EXPERT"
  • Alyssa Zimmerman 2012/11/06 00:06:09
    Yes
    Alyssa Zimmerman
    +1
    It is absolutely possible.
  • the spoiler 2012/11/05 23:40:29
    Yes
    the spoiler
    A little bit, but it's not contagious
  • ♥Nicole A♥ 2012/11/05 23:23:23
    Yes
    ♥Nicole A♥
    +1
    It's also anxiety
  • Skylaris Alanis 2012/11/05 23:21:28
    Yes
    Skylaris Alanis
    Lol probably.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/11/05 22:59:01
    No
    Bibliophilic
    Not always. But behaviors like scab picking, nail biting and hair pulling are often associated with OCD symptoms.
  • Michael 2012/11/05 22:44:03
    No
    Michael
    Just a habit, everyone probably has had for a short time or longer. It is controllable in the beginning and not caused by a trauma (sometimes by copying others). Obsessive compulsive disorder needs therapy and medication.
  • patrick.bonacoscia 2012/11/05 22:02:17
    No
    patrick.bonacoscia
    I rather think is due to a very strong anxiety, lack of confidence
  • ♣♦Miss Cellophane♥♠ 2012/11/05 21:49:40
    Yes
    ♣♦Miss Cellophane♥♠
    +1
    I both bite my nails AND have trichotillomania (pulling out the hair) trichotillomania (Not me, just an example)
  • Reia 2012/11/05 20:54:55
    No
    Reia
    No because I bite my nails when i walk through the hallways of my school...in fact i view it as a symptom of Anxiety Disorder ...
  • zionosphere 2012/11/05 20:41:16
    Yes
    zionosphere
    +1
    "Compulsive nail biting is often observed in people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. The most well-understood form of compulsive self-mutilation is trichotillomania or hair pulling, and this also tends to disproportionately afflict people with OCD." - http://www.brainphysics.com/n...

    The APA is not the final arbiter on these classifications, and it would be prudent to take their judgements with a grain of salt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • ♣♦Miss ... zionosp... 2012/11/05 21:51:32
    ♣♦Miss Cellophane♥♠
    +1
    I don't really put it along with nail biting, since I'm someone who has trich AND bites my nails. Trich has more of a stress-relief than nail biting, personally...
  • retrograve 2012/11/05 19:42:08 (edited)
    No
    retrograve
    Not to me it isn't but if they want to classify it as such I don't care. Doesn't change my life at all.

    What made me stop cold turkey for 3 months was going to basic though. Nothing makes you not want to bite your nails when you don't have a soap and water around all the time.
  • Tordgaard 2012/11/05 19:06:37
    No
    Tordgaard
    +1
    Don't know; don't care
  • Avi Rosen 2012/11/05 18:09:03
    No
    Avi Rosen
    Cut The.... Bull-Shticks.
  • Fox 2012/11/05 17:49:10
    No
    Fox
    I do it
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/11/05 17:13:24
    Yes
    rebeccasrevenge
    +1
    At least I hope so,It'll be a shoo in to get SSI
  • hasher 2012/11/05 17:12:43
    No
    hasher
    +2
    im not sure but i think its a sympton of anxiety. i dont have that habit so its not an issue withme.
  • SavingPeopleHuntingThings 2012/11/05 16:53:23
    Yes
    SavingPeopleHuntingThings
    HELP!! i thing i'm out of nails ;p


    no. seriously. i'm really out of nails =/
  • harley oldman 2012/11/05 16:50:34
    No
    harley oldman
    NOPE......It means they`re horny and not getting any relief...!
  • roman.espla 2012/11/05 16:32:13
    No
    roman.espla
    +1
    you need a schedule and a reason. like aliens will get me if i dont bite my nails everyday at 6:33pm except on wednesdays... remember.
  • Jennel aka Nastia Fan 2012/11/05 16:27:27
    Yes
    Jennel aka Nastia Fan
    Yea! :) And I Nail Bite A LOT :/
  • wtxwoman 2012/11/05 15:57:36
    No
    wtxwoman
    +1
    It's a symptom of anxiety. Nail biting soothes a person. I bit my nails from as far back as I can remember, stopping a few times for months during my life. I stopped without trying sometime after I was fifty years old. Now, under extreme stress, I catch myself worrying a nail, usually an uneven or ragged one, until I chew it off. I have to keep my nails trimmed and neat all the time. I have gotten up in the middle of the night to file a nail that had a snag. My fingers are misshapen and twisted by my life long habit.
  • patrick... wtxwoman 2012/11/05 22:21:09
    patrick.bonacoscia
    +1
    I agree and I am bit suspicious regarding psychiatric doctors. They should have the humility to recognize the horrors psychiatry said and did in the last 40 years. (http://www.nytimes.com/1992/...
  • wtxwoman patrick... 2012/11/05 23:17:44
    wtxwoman
    +1
    I agree, but they don't.
  • BigD_U.... wtxwoman 2012/11/06 04:06:49
    BigD_U.S.M."HD"Vet.
    +1
    Bad Kitty! BAD I say.
  • wtxwoman BigD_U.... 2012/11/06 05:18:19
    wtxwoman
    Hiss, hiss, meowrallllll.....
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/11/05 15:31:52
  • fortycal_sig 2012/11/05 14:54:26
    No
    fortycal_sig
    Maybe obsessive, but "disorder" is ridiculous. It's just a disgusting habit.
  • Kigan 2012/11/05 14:28:17
    No
    Kigan
    I suppose it can be, but more often than not I'm pretty sure it's just a bad habit that can be broken without doctors. OCD really is a tricky thing, trying to differentiate between habit and disorder.

    I picked it up as a nervous habit, usually when I became very stressed about something. It still makes some rare returns when someone causes serious stress, but as a habit I broke it a long time ago.
  • DarkSilhouette 2012/11/05 14:25:21 (edited)
    No
    DarkSilhouette
    +1
    Mostly nail biting starts from the childhood and it gradually becomes habit as a person grows up.Some people at times start biting their finger nails or toe nails when he or she is in stress, feeling boredom, hunger or in nervousness and wants to get rid of these by biting their nails. Give me a break now..Are we going to start saying every little habit is a disorder...How about nose picking?? Can we call that a disorder also !? guy picking nose
  • addie 2012/11/05 14:03:08
    No
    addie
    Anything can be, but for me it was a just a habit I had as young teen and I just quit one day.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/11/05 13:49:46
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    It is also a sign of other problems.

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