The American Psychiatric Assiociation will classify nail-biting as a type of obessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in their upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
Other “pathological grooming” habits like hair-pulling and skin-picking – collectively known as trichotillomania – will also be included in the OCD classification, News.com.au reported.
The DSM-V is known as the ‘bible of psychiatrists’ and is used by international clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and policy makers.
According to Wikipedia, obsessive compulsive disorder is characterised by intrusive thoughts that produce repetitive behaviours aimed at reducing anxiety.
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