Nail biting is more than a bad habit: Experts to classify the addiction as a mental disorder

Millions of people around the world suffer from a self-mutilating and often painful addiction to biting their nails, which can be harder to quit than smoking cigarettes, but is often overlooked as a relatively benign habit.
Medical experts are now taking a closer look at the addiction and have decided to change its classification from a mere habit to a full-fledged obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The American Psychiatric Association is preparing to change the designation of nail biting from ‘not otherwise classified,’ to ‘obsessive compulsive disorder’ in its upcoming issue of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, NBC News reported.

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2 thoughts on “Nail biting is more than a bad habit: Experts to classify the addiction as a mental disorder

  1. Nail biting is considered an impulse control disorder in the DSM-IV-R; the ICD-10 classifies it as “other specified behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence.”..*^;

  2. Sorry I bite my nails till it bleeds some times for about 45 years, it ha no sign of a mental disorderness I think it’s only a habit and nothing else

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