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Nail biting is common, but now considered a psychiatric disorder

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As the election nears, a few candidates in close races might bite their nails. If they do, they could officially be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

That's because the updated bible of psychiatry, "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," includes a new category called "The obsessive compulsive spectrum," which includes OCD and more common behaviors like nail biting.

Amy Standen reports.

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