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#1 Yssn

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:00 PM

I don't really know if dermatophagia is considered a pica disorder? But basically you have this disorder if you bite/pick your cuticle or the skin next to your nails/on your finger. I had it since i was like 10 and I don't know what caused it. Do anyone of you also have this illness?
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 08:55 PM

I don't really know if dermatophagia is considered a pica disorder? But basically you have this disorder if you bite/pick your cuticle or the skin next to your nails/on your finger. I had it since i was like 10 and I don't know what caused it. Do anyone of you also have this illness?

 

 

Well shit. I've always done it too, but I always chalked it up to anxiety. If I'm doing okay, my cuticles look great. If not, then they look like they do now. Absolute shit.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 02:55 AM

I do that too! I've always done it on some extent. Even now that I'm a grown up and I don't bite my nails anymore, I still often go for the cuticles, sometimes causing small bleedings.

I never thought much of it though, I always considered it a sign of stress (as I do it a lot when stressed).


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 04:53 AM

hello! I have dermatophagia and dermatilomania and have done since I was a little kid. For me it's a trait of my autism because it helps me to self regulate when my emotions become to much but it's also a mild OCD thing. But yeah I constantly have to carry around gloves and band-aids with me because my fingers especially get so painful and bleed a lot  :(


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:12 AM

hello! I have dermatophagia and dermatilomania and have done since I was a little kid. For me it's a trait of my autism because it helps me to self regulate when my emotions become to much but it's also a mild OCD thing. But yeah I constantly have to carry around gloves and band-aids with me because my fingers especially get so painful and bleed a lot :(

Yes, same, i have to carry bandages with me to school because it hurts when i write or it bleeds.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 01:11 AM

Wow this. Ever since I can remember I've picked obsessively at the skin around my thumb nails, even as a young child. They're all pink scar tissue now.

A few weeks ago I slammed my thumb in a car door by accident and I had a bruise under my nail. Now it's like the top layer of the nail has separated and I've loved picking at that (shhh but I also drained the bruise)

Wow I'm gross
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:03 AM

My fingers look pretty good I think, but I always bite/chew/eat the harder, calloused skin that forms around my fingernails. I bite my nails when there's more than 2mm of white, but I only mess with the cuticles when i paint my nails. 

 

I wonder if I have dermatophagia too?


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:11 AM

I've always had it and never understood why people think it should be easy to just not do it? Because I don't think about it when i do it it just happens. Im better than i used to be though. I used to accidently make myself bleed a ton. It would get bad

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