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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Beware habit of biting your nails!, Relating to mental health

If you think you have a habit of biting your nails, you should begin to be vigilant. It's not impossible, this habit is one sign that something is wrong with your mental health.

Nails Biting Ilustration (foto : thegeminigeek.com)
 
Most people today still consider the behavior of nail biting is a bad habit, but not too dangerous. However, this view should be changed. The mental health professional or psychiatrist in the United States is now assessing the behavior of nail biting as things that must be observed and watch.

As reported Medicaldaily, mental health agencies American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) from next year will categorize the habit of nail biting as one of the characteristics of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

The habit of nail biting by health experts study it can be harmful to human health. According to the Mayo Clinic, nail biting is not only bad in terms of hygiene, but also can lead to infections of the skin, increasing the risk of influenza, and other infections caused by bacteria spread from the nail and finger.


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) itself is known as a form of anxiety disorder. OCD can cause a person to get stuck in the habit of doing something over and over again to reduce anxiety. Many people with OCD are stuck in a rut, thinking that made him stress, and fears that are difficult to control. They had to perform certain rituals to control the situation so they re comfortable.

Those who have the habit of nail biting is obsessive, it is not necessarily caused by the nails, but other factors such as pressure or stress. In recent years, nail biting has not been classified as OCD. However, starting next year assessment will be changed. Those who had a habit of biting your nails, wash your hands constantly or feel the need to tidy up his shoes would be categorized as people who suffer from OCD.

The experts recommend that, if you are a regular nail biting, immediately consult a doctor or psychiatrist.

To stop nail biting behavior, you can also try to avoid the cause that triggers the habit. For example, when you are bored, try to find healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Strive to maintain your nails are always cut short and neat, or hands and mouth busy with other activities such as playing music or chew gum.




Source : medicaldaily.com

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