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#1 Oct 01 2012 at 6:27 AM Rating: Good
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Nail biters = pathologic groomers.

A new version of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) coming out early next year puts pathological grooming in that same category as OCD.

Nail biting seems to run in families - whether it's simply learned behavior picked up by watching a parent or a sibling with a digit in their mouth or something genetic or a combo of both isn't clear. It runs in my family. Myself and my son, one of my sister's and an Uncle - that I'm aware of. I guess it could be said that my son and I are more prone to compulsive behavior than the other half of my immediate family. However, my husband should really get labeled as a compulsive groomer as he showers a lot.
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#2 Oct 01 2012 at 6:37 AM Rating: Good
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Speaking as someone who has bitten their nails in the past and quit on multiple occasions, nail biting does not necessarily require nor indicate an obsessive/compulsive trait. It's far more a matter of habit or stress relief than anything.

IMO, this is stupid. It's just another attempt to label something with an unnecessary diagnosis.
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#3 Oct 01 2012 at 6:45 AM Rating: Good
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"They are behaviors that stem from normal grooming. The kind of thing that most animals do, and is evolutionarily adaptive, right?" says Matthews.

But in pathological groomers, those behaviors go haywire. Instead of being triggered by, say a hangnail, the pathological nail biter is triggered by driving, reading, or feeling stressed out. "After a while, the behavior becomes un-triggered," says Matthews. "It becomes just an automatic behavior that has no relationship to external stimuli at all.
This describes my habit pretty well. Driving, reading, sitting in meetings...when my mind wanders i start in nail-biting without even realizing it.

Anyways, HERE is the story I listened to.

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#4 Oct 01 2012 at 6:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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I bite my nails. Is there a way I can get some government money out of this?
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#5 Oct 01 2012 at 7:07 AM Rating: Excellent
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And drugs. Lots of free drugs.
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And one of those Obama-Phones!
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And one of those Obama-Phones!

With a nail-biters app.

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#8 Oct 01 2012 at 7:47 AM Rating: Excellent
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I bite my nails. Guess now I've got something to go with my Restless Leg Syndrome*.



*Also known as: mistakenly having too much energy when going to bed because I ate 16 chocolate chip cookies.
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#9 Oct 02 2012 at 6:24 AM Rating: Good
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I think that psychiatrists see behaviours that cause problems for individuals, which the individual wants to change, but is usually unsuccessful at changing on their own. And they give this behaviour it's own diagnosis, rather than put it into an umbrella diagnosis that involves diverse compulsive, impulsive, addictive behaviours that are stress-relief related or whatever.
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