Onychophagia (Nail Biting) can be a temporary and relatively non-destructive behavior that is merely a cosmetic concern. But in some cases, it can also develop into a severe and persistent problem. Onychophagia, or onychophagy, is considered a pathological oral habit and grooming disorder characterized by chronic, seemingly uncontrollable nail biting that is destructive to fingernails and the surrounding tissue. Along with other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), onychophagia is classified as an “Other Specified Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder”. Professional treatment, when necessary, focuses on both the physical and psychological factors involved in nail biting. Nail biting usually begins in early childhood and is most common during adolescence and may continue through adulthood.

Factors that lead to nail biting include distressful feelings of unease or tension prior to biting, feelings of relief or even pleasure after biting, feelings of shame, embarrassment, and guilt, often related to the appearance of physical damage to skin and nails caused by biting, tissue damage to fingers, nails, and cuticles, mouth injuries, dental problems, abscesses, and infections, and in some cases, onychophagia may lead to complicated family and social relationships, etc.

With the right mindset, persistence and GTRANCE Solutions, it is possible to stop biting your nails by adopting new habits that are pleasant and that contribute to your well-being.

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