Body Fixations That May Signal Mental Illness

Eating your hair. Some people who pull out their hair actually eat the pulled-out hair. Some eat just the root of the hair, and some eat the entire hair shaft. This isn’t a harmless obsession, however, People who eat hair can develop clogged intestines due to big hairballs that form in the gut. Many with the habit need life-saving surgery to remove the hairballs. If you eat your own hair, see a doctor immediately.

Eating your hair

Nail biting. Most people have bitten their nails at times, particularly in their youth. Yet if it becomes excessive, leading to painful fingernail beds, the condition, can become a health problem. Doctors who specialize in obsessive-compulsive disorders can help patients recognize the triggers for their behaviors and develop alternative ways to relieve their stress.