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Onychophagia: A synopsis of nail biting and its management

1 Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Hospital, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Hospital, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Government Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission08-Mar-2020
Date of Decision03-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance18-Nov-2020
Date of Web Publication08-Oct-2021

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_35_20


Onychophagia, also called nail biting (NB), is a body focused repetitive behaviors or self-grooming behavior. It is a group of related disorders in which an individual damages his or her appearance or causes physical injury that include pulling, picking, biting, or scraping one's hair, skin, or nails. NB is a very common, and unresolved, problem in the field of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, and dentistry. NB is a simple behavior associated with obsessive–compulsive-related disorders. The present paper focuses on the management of NB.

Keywords: Body focused, repetitive behaviors, nail biting, onychophagia, self-grooming behaviors

How to cite this URL:
Siddiqui JA, Qureshi SF. Onychophagia: A synopsis of nail biting and its management. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2022 Jul 2]. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=327747



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