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Nail biting and hair plucking

Em.m

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Hey everyone. I just signed up here because I really felt the urge to ask this to someone as I am too embarrassed to ask my psychologist. I dont know if this is related to anxiety but I hope I can get some answers even if its just to understand if this is normal or not. I’m 18 and I’ve been biting my nails since I was young, its not too extreme as I sometimes try to stop biting them but i often leave my fingers hurting because of my nails. I was going around the internet to check about nail biting and I found something about hair pulling. This is where I got confused and almost shocked. I have been plucking my body hair since I first started getting hair due to my puberty at around 10/11, as I would close myself in the bathroom and pluck my pubic hair that were growing. It didnt stop, and I would keep plucking for hours, leaving cuts that now have resulted in minor scaring. With time I stopped plucking my pubic hair but I passed to my leg hair and my chest hair. I am a girl and I am not even that hairy, but I had a few hairs growing in between my boobs on my chest and around my nipples, really nothing serious, but i always pluck them and now I have difficulties even wearing a Tank top or swimsuits as I always have marks, cuts healing on my chest and even stomach. It is something that really embarrasses me but I have always dealt with it as i am kinda able to control it. I can spend hours sitting down just plucking my hair and i never get tired, but i always leave behind cuts and marks, that resulted in scaring, even if minor. Do you think its normal or something i should worry about?? why cant i stop plucking my hair??? Even if my psychologist and I often talk about my anxiety I have never mentioned anything about nail biting or hair plucking as I never found it important. Thank you in advance for reading and stopping by :))
 

GoodLife

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I also bite my nails and the skin on my fingertips as a way to cope with stress. The plucking might be another coping method. I will often pluck my baby hairs from my head as almost a self-soothing action. As long as you're not severely hurting yourself when you are plucking I don't think it should be a big problem. I don't have an answer for you as to why you can't stop plucking yourself but it might come down to a nervous habit. (P.S. Im not a medical profesional or anything, this is just from personal experiance. :)
 
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