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Kairi96
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25 Oct 2012, 6:13 am

Does this happen to you to? When I have something in my hands (pencils, pens, cutlery, towels, etc.) I begin to subconciously chew or bite it; and when I don't have something in my hands, I start biting my fingers. It gets worse when I have rage outbursts, because I even bite pillows, notebooks, and symilar things. I tried to stop it, but I couldn't.
Is there any way to stop it?


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25 Oct 2012, 6:43 am

It's called an "oral fixation" and it is a form of stimming. I do it too, but it has lessened with age. Part of why it has gone down has been a conscious effort on my part to stop doing it, at least in ways that impact my life in public. I still bite my nails and any excess skin, but I have lessened the amount of things I put in my mouth that other people might have to touch, like pens and pencils for example.


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25 Oct 2012, 7:38 am

I have that too. Have tried to stop it over the years but only reduced how much I bite.
When I was a very small child (I was told later) i nibbled away most of my baby blanket. As for stopping the biting, all I know that works is to tell one's self, “stop!" every time you put something in your mouth. Stress and emotion often show up as biting before I consciously know I'm upset.
As outofplace said, I too no longer put objects that have been handled by others in my mouth due to germs.



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25 Oct 2012, 7:52 am

Been there - gnawed on a lot of things when I was young. Parents worked hard to get me out of the habit so ended up moving onto other stimming behavior. Now am just "fidgety".



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25 Oct 2012, 10:46 am

Might you re-direct, say with an elastic hand exerciser to squeeze?



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25 Oct 2012, 3:44 pm

I bite my nails. always.
sometimes pens and pencils..but ONLY if mine.


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25 Oct 2012, 4:11 pm

I do this quite a bit. My parents say that I used to chew on the legs of the coffee table when I was a child. I bite my fingernails and pretty much anything that I am holding onto. My husband has his own stash of pens because I have chewed on most of the pens that are lying around here.



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26 Oct 2012, 11:53 pm

I used to do this all the time. It is a form of stimming, and it only stopped when I replaced it with another form of stimming...


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27 Oct 2012, 2:19 am

Yup, I definitely do this.



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27 Oct 2012, 3:03 am

I used to do it a lot when I was younger. I used to always chew the neckline of my shirt. :>


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27 Oct 2012, 3:08 am

I was all over this as a kid. Some antidepressants can help with it, as Wellbutrin did for me (but it was not the reason I took it, just a positive side effect).



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27 Oct 2012, 11:40 am

I used to chew the collars of my shirts a ton when I was younger, I still do sometimes.



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27 Oct 2012, 12:08 pm

I was like this too.