I've had an issue with nail biting for as long as I can remember. My parents tried to stop it, but I never kicked the habit. I'm almost 17, and I still do it just as badly. We've tried everything...taping my fingers, buying bitter polish to put on them, giving manicures, clipping/filing them frequently, and doing the rubber band thing. Nothing.
If for whatever reason I can't bite, or I just choose not to at that particular moment, I've gotten into the habit of hair-pulling. I won't always pull the hair out, but I pull at the strands constantly to the point where it is falling out and my hair is getting thin on the sides.
Even if I put it back and pin up my bangs, the second a strand falls out, I start doing it without thinking.
I do see a counselor/psychiatrist, and I take medications for major depression and severe anxiety. I've had a history of post-traumatic and eating disorders, but that hasn't been an issue in quite some time. Since last year, my mood has been great, better than it has been in probably my entire life. But these habits are still, well, habits. I rarely feel anxious anymore...only a little bit in the afternoon for the last few hours of school.
I'm having a hard time seeing whether or not this is due to anxiety, or boredom. Or just that I've gotten the habit and now I can't stop. I'm not expecting to get this fixed in a timely fashion...I know it will take time. Especially because it's two different habits equally as destructive.
Does anyone have any tips or anything?