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Psychiatrists classifying nail-biting as disorder

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The American Psychiatric Association plans to include nail-biting as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual revision for 2013. The disorder, known as onychophagia, will join hair-pulling, skin-picking and other pathological grooming habits in the classification. “I’ve seen people who have bloody stumps,” said Keri Maki, a master nail technician in Minnetonka, Minn.

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