What Causes Nail Biting?
Nail biting can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose nail biting, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "nail biting" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
poor ability to relax
occasional rapid, shallow breathing
regular sleep paralysis
very angry/hostile disposition
obsessive compulsive disorder
frequent racing thoughts
feelings of insecurity
discontinued antianxiety drug use
regular bizarre dreams
difficulty falling asleep
occasional bad dreams
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of nail biting:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you bite your nails?
→ No / don't know
→ Sometimes a little, but my nails look quite normal
→ Moderately - they are bitten back to the nail bed
→ Severely - my nails are deformed or mostly gone
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate minor nail biting, moderate nail biting or severe nail biting, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Nail biting can be a sign of persistent anxiety.
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