Latest disorder is a nail-biter

  • Article by: AIMÉE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 2:57 PM

Bad gnaws for nail-biters: Your habit could be a mental problem, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

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royal2012Dec. 3, 12 4:40 PM

What if people bite their nails because it is an efficient way of trimming them? A quick bite and quick file down. It's much faster and more precise than trying to do it with a nail trimmer. Now if I could only raise my feet up to my face...

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ranger78Dec. 4, 12 8:44 AM

Me thinks the APA has gone off the deep end. They must be running out of things to do if they are qualifying nail biting as a disorder. Where does it stop? When everybody is medicated to some degree?

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truthingtonDec. 4, 12 1:09 PM

The Star Tribune calls THIS journalism?! Ms. Blanchette interviewed a salon technician for this story - probably during a manicure. Wow. Great job. Perhaps she could have taken ten minutes out of her day to search for an academic or provider who could comment on the proposed inclusion of onychophagia to DSM-V instead of some salon worker with anecdotal experience. A quick search of 'Onychophagia' on a scholarly search engine resulted in 354 hits. A search of 'Onychophagia Minnesota' landed 5 hits. Perhaps these individuals would be more qualified to comment on DSM-V?!

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