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      Hi all,

      I recently learned that biting my lip could be a sign of an OCD related disorder.  I have been doing this since I was a child and whilst I also had the habit of sucking my thumb and rubbing my earlobe with my knuckles up until about 10 years old, I managed to quit those habits.  I continue to pick and bite skin off my lip.  It is very satisfying although often quite painful and leaves black marks and dry skin on my lips as it heals.  These are obviously the next targets for lip picking and so the cycle continues.

      Satisfying though it is, does anyone have any tips for stopping this?  I would very much like to have normal lips like other people rather than scabby ones I end up picking and biting all the time.

      I don’t think I have any other signs of OCD (as far as I’m aware), I’m not obsessive about cleaning and I don’t have repetitive irrational habits.  My understanding of OCD is pretty limited though.

      Many thanks everyone.  I hope you’re all doing OK during the lockdown.

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