London: Nail biting, perceived as a mere habit, may soon be classified as a full-fledged obsessive-compulsive disorder, experts say. Millions of people around the world suffer from a self-mutilating and often painful addiction to biting their nails, which can be harder to quit than smoking cigarettes, but is often overlooked as a relatively benign habit, the Daily Mail reported.
The American Psychiatric Association is preparing to change the designation of nail biting from 'not otherwise classified', to 'obsessive compulsive disorder' (OCD) in its upcoming issue of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Habits that are commonly associated with OCD include repetitive hand-washing and hair-pulling. The disease is characterised by unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to such repetitive behaviours.
02:16 AM, Nov 05, 2012
Beijing: A Chinese man, believed to be suffering from a mental disorder, bit off the penis of six-year-old son in a sudden outburst on a road, leaving the onlookers shocked and the little boy writhing in pain. The incident happened last week in the southern Shenzhen city, where people on the road rushed the boy's rescue. Witnesses said the boy was walking naked along with his four-year-old sister, when the...
05:50 PM, Mar 12, 2012
New Delhi: On Monday, CNN-IBN brought the story of six-month old Chiku alias Stephen, who suffered a brain hemorrhage during delivery. His parents abandoned him saying it was the hospital's duty to cure him as they were unable to look after him in his present state. Chiku's case is not the only case. Two-year old Suhasini is one of the many abandoned children looked after by the Delhi Council for...
09:03 AM, Jan 05, 2011