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Much-Ado About Onychophagia (Nail Biting)

By Njideka Agbo 11 June 2018   |   6:00 am

Nail biting affects all ages. A habit developed at a pretty young age, some people continue with it until they reach an advanced age. Although they are aware that as one gets older, it becomes embarrassing yet this habit is done subconsciously.

Nail biting can pose a non-defective habit on the nails and tissues for a short term. This is not the case in the long run.

Known medically as Onychophagia or onychophagy, it is a type of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour Disorders (BFRBDs) and is classified as “Other Specified Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder.”

It is categorized under BRD such as hair pulling. Asides the psychological effect of shame, Nail biting promotes the growth of infections.

Some research studies have suggested that there might be a genetic link with Onychophagia especially those who have an anxious-related history. More so, there is a link with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other related medical conditions. To stop the habit, seek professional help.

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