Nail Biting Treatments

Nail biting is one of these things we all want to get rid of, and we just can’t seem to finally make it.  Over the years, many treatments have been created as an effort to put an end to this bad habit.  Let’s look at them and see what they are all about:


Don’t be too skeptical.  Many nail biters have had great success with hypnosis programs.  Since most of the time this is a subconscious activity, it makes sense to treat it from the subconscious point of view.  Hypnotherapy will help you cope with your anxiety and stress levels in a more positive way.  You can either go to a hypnotherapist for a more personalized session, or you could try an “stop nail biting” hypnotherapy tape.


When treated form a medication point of view, doctors prescribe anti-depressants for nail biting. These medications include: fluoxetine, clomipramine, setraline, paroxetine, fluvoxamine, citalopram, escitalopram, venlafaxine and nefazodone.  Also little dose of anti-psychotics can be used to augment the anti-depressants: ziprasidone, quetiapine, aripripazole, risperidone and olazapine.  These are used not because the patient has psychosis, but as a means to augment the power.

Behavioral Therapy

This is a therapeutic method that consists of unlearning bad behaviors.  Some patients have found this helpful as they unlearn the habit of nail biting (Habit Reversal Training) and replace it with something of a constructive nature.  This treatment seems to work better when combined with medications.

Nail Polishes and Topical Treatments

This may be considered the simple method to stop nail biting.  It consists of putting things on your nail that will keep you away form biting them.  From nail polish, that makes it impossible for you start biting your nails to natural creams that leave a bitter taste in your mouth while giving your nail its necessary nutrients.  This treatment has worked for a lot of people, but it takes time, since it is a process of also “unlearning”.

Sheer Will power

Although this may seem as the obvious treatment to stop nail biting, (Just say stop!)  Is in fact one of the least effectives. Often people do things such as post-it notes, New Year’s Resolutions, etc. that get lost in the mind after some weeks.  But the process of mastering your mind can be rewarding on its own.  If you are ready for the test, just start now, get accustomed to watching yourself, and the times when you start biting your nails.  Getting to know yourself is the first step.

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