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Old 03-29-10, 06:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I have no idea if this is really the right place for this thread as I am not diagnosed with OCD, nor do I really have any habits which could be associated with it, only really "quirks" I suppose. I thought it could be more related to my anxiety but wasn't sure if this fit in there either, but any way, here goes!

But something I have been doing, ever since I can remember really, I suppose since I was about eight years old, is biting the inside of my cheeks and lips. It's often quite painful, but I just have to keep biting off the flesh there, sometimes I'll end up with a fat lip because the inside has gotten swollen. It grows back fine of course, but I just end up doing it again and again.

Is this just something similar to when people bite their nails? (Which I never have done) Does anyone else do this? I'm not an eight year old girl anymore, I thought I would have grown out of this...
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People generally don't "grow out of" this sort of thing, it's just a habit. I bite my lips quite often, and for as long as I can remember. I end up with blood on my bottom lip sometimes, which is embarrassing when it happens in public. I remember I used to bite the inside of my cheeks when I was younger, now that you mention it. Surprisingly, I did that a lot, but hadn't thought about it in years.
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I usually do this when I'm talking with people face to face who i don't know because i find it uncomfortable.
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I do this too...constantly. The inside of my lips are often sore cause I'm biting them all the time.
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I have a sore looking cut on my lip at the moment, it looks like I've received a slap to the mouth! I would love to stop doing this but have no idea how. Mine are often very sore, but it's impossible not to bite them if I feel that I need to.
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Oh God I can't stop! I chew on the inside of my cheeks all the time. Mostly it's not painful, it's like the 'excess' skin you know? So it doesn't bleed. But I wish I could stop. I also bite layers of skin of my lips, moreso my bottom lip, until it's red raw. In winter time the cold often gives me a split lip which bleeds and I just can't help but chew on the scar and peel it off until it bleeds again.

And out of interest, I also bite my nails and the skin around my nails. Have done for as long as I can remember. Again, rarely to the point where it hurts.
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I tend to fidget a lot or pick my lips when they Are chapped...but I try hard to remember to use lip gloss instead becasue it don't look good afterwards. I also fret over how my clothes look way too much.
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I do this too As well as grinding my teeth and biting my nails/skin!
Sometimes the skin feels so thin on the inside of my cheek from constantly biting at it, it can be so sore.
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I know this is not just a habit that I can stop if I want to. My mom always says stop and I don't want to keep doing it but I can't stop. I have tried everything from sour or bitter formulas applied to my lips, chapstick -for me lipstick or really sticky lip gloss works but sometimes I still do it. I have bitten my lips incessantly for over 4 years. It has been so extreme that bow my bottom lip is a lot bigger than before- it looks terrible. Does anyone have any information on how I can stop doing this? It keeps re-growing skin and I keep biting it until it bleeds and it's a constant, looping process that I can't control. I am SO srlf-conscious of my lips - they are dry and have cracks and are big and rough and he lining of my lips has become dark. PLEASE HELP ME. I don't want to destroy my lips any further. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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I do this too, I bite lumps off the inside of my cheeks and I sometimes pull the skin off my lips and grind my teeth. I have had split lips, swollen cheeks and the toothache before now. Could it be a type of self harming. Mime is worse when my anxiety is high.
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