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18 Things That Are Too Real For People With Onychophagia

*Finally grows nails out* *Wants to bite them more than ever*

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1. Onychophagia is the medical term for compulsive nail biting.

Technically, nail biting is classified as being related to obsessive-compulsive disorders in the DSM-5.
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Technically, nail biting is classified as being related to obsessive-compulsive disorders in the DSM-5.

2. Sometimes you do it when you're stressed.

3. Sometimes it's a result of anxiety.

4. Or sometimes it's plain old compulsion, and you just feel like you have to listen to your brain.

5. You know that if you drop a coin or an ID card on the ground, there's basically no way for you to pick it up.

Forget it. It's gone forever.
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Forget it. It's gone forever.

6. Some of your problems are actually the same as those people with really long nails have, but for the opposite reason.

Soda cans are the WORST.
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Soda cans are the WORST.

7. Sometimes you're embarrassed about your stubby nails, but that's not enough to stop you.

8. People are always like, "Why don't you just quit?" And you're like:

9. You've tried that nail polish that makes your fingers taste gross.

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10. But as soon as it wears off, your fingers are back in your mouth.

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11. People try to tell you gross facts about germs and stuff, but you don't listen because you know it won't actually stop you.

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12. And even if you do manage to quit for a while, it only makes the temptation so much greater.

13. And it's actually kind of uncomfortable to NOT do it.

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14. If you ever had braces as a nail biter, you know a frustration that few can understand.

15. Honestly, the things start getting in your way when they do get longer.

16. You've tried to journal what you're thinking when you do it, but there's really no pattern.

17. Honestly, you've tried just about everything.

18. But remember: You're not alone, and your friends will probably help you out by doing this:

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