Lisa is 54 years old and has been biting her nails since she was 2 years old. The motherchews her nails off more than halfway to the nail bed.
She applies about 10 layers of acrylic nails every day. Throughout the day, she chews those off until her fingers are bare.
By the end of the day, Ive bitten everything that can be bit, she confesses. It hurts so bad.
Lisa’s habit has gotten so bad that her bottom teeth are caving in due to the constant pressure of biting. The mother admits that stress and anxiety cause her to bite her nails, but now she is too embarrassed to leave her home because of it. Lisa says she feels like a “freak” with “ugly” hands.
I give myself pain, and I think to myself I probably deserve it,” she says.
Fortunately,The Doctorsareproviding her with help.
In the video below, psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow offers quick ways to deal with deep anxiety.
Anxiety disorders are very treatable. There will be a day when you will not be a nail biter anymore,” Dr. Mike saysoptimistically.
He believes that getting to root of what causes her anxiety will be the catalyst of change. Lisa admits that she can only feel happy if “everything is perfect.” The doctors believe addressing this will be key.
“So you can spend some time on some more valuable things than putting on these fake nails every day! Dr. Mike jokes.
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