Tongue Biting: Why, and How to Stop?
October 4, 2007 6:55 AM Subscribe
How can I stop biting my tongue? I mean literally biting my tongue until it bleeds. Why do I do this?
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've done this all my life, but I remember biting my inner cheeks when I was much younger; I think I switched to biting my tongue when I was around 10-15 years old.
I'll do it absentmindedly: while driving, watching a movie, and then five minutes later I'll notice that my tongue really hurts and I know that I've been doing it again.
Sometimes I'll focus on it, trying to find that perfect spot on my tongue for my teeth to grab. I'm not really conscious of the fact that I'm biting my tongue again but it's more like I'm just intensely focused on the precision of the practice.
Sometimes I'm able to catch myself doing it, and I stop. Sometimes I catch myself doing it and I just try harder to find that spot to bite. I'll do this until my tongue bleeds, until hot coffee and spicy salsa causes great pain in my mouth.
Is it a form of OCD? Is it a form of cutting/self mutilation? What's the best way to finally stop doing this to myself?