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I Have Pica Syndrome

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    Wow!!! For as long as I can remember I have had

    cravings for weird non-eatable objects. I remember exactly when it started, I was about three my Mom and Dad had this ugly, green couch; which now I suspect was the B.O.M.B. for them in those days...lol. However, the smell of the polyurethane foam stuffing (cushion) would...
    RedVinekiss RedVinekiss 31-35, F Sep 3

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    Hey peoples, I don't have Pica Syndrome

    but I new a girl who did. Her name is Alexis and she was actually on an episode of Dr. Oz. I met her on a dating site and she was a member of sites such as this one. Anyways I'm just trying to find her and see if she's doing ok. If your out there Alexis please contact me.
    JDarko32 JDarko32 31-35, M Jun 21

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    Soap Foam And Suds, Musty basements

    Eating soap foam has become an addiction. If i see bubbly soapy foam my mouth waters and i can't resist it. Since i was 6 yrs old. I've tried every soap there is; Joy, Dawn, Dermassage, Palmolive, Ajax, and more. My personal favorite is Palmolive, the green original one. I don't...
    toxickay923 toxickay923 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 27, 2012

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    Hi, I crave eating shoes.

    I cut off little pieces off of shoes, usually leather or suede, and chew on them all day long. Initially it started with my second pregnancy when I would get strong urges to sniff shoes, the smellier the better. It wasn't until my fourth pregnancy a couple of years later that I...
    beaniebut beaniebut 36-40, F 1 Response May 5

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    Woodchuck

    Yes, I am addicted to eating wood. Basically I can eat any kind of wood - pencils, matches, ripped pieces of furniture, I even sometimes chew on branches of trees in the forest when I'm alone. No one else knows about this habit of mine, and my little sister is always wondering...
    JohannaG JohannaG 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 14, 2013

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    Im Addicted To Eating Baby Powder ...

    i start eating baby powder at a young age, maybe round 5 or 6. i first seen my cousin do it, then i tried it myself. i love the dry , powdery taste ! my favorite brand is equate, the walmart brand. i dont taste perfume when i eat equate baby powder, thats really y i love it. the...
    honeybeez727 honeybeez727 16-17 5 Responses Jun 25, 2011

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    How To Quit Eating Sponge!

    I am 13 years old and since I started my period a year and a half ago I have been eating sponge. At frist I ate 10 washing up sponges a day and when I couldn't get that I ate a jumbo car cleaning sponge but then I read on the internet that it was bad for you to eat sponge and cut...
    boberpet boberpet 13-15 Jul 8, 2011

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    Baking Soda Addict

    I started taking baking soda about a year ago when i was out of my acid reflux medication. It worked great for the heartburn, and at first i stuck to the directions on the box. Even after i got my regular medication, I kept taking it. after a while, I stopped following the label...
    onyx412 onyx412 31-35 96 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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    I can't stop eating scouring pads.

    I like the crunch of it. I don't swallow them I just chew on it. It grinding my teeth down. I'm scared to tell anybody. It's been about 1.5 years now.
    picae picae 18-21, F May 16

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    I eat dirt and crunchy rocks

    and a bit of building stucco I take a new dish strainer to filter the dirt and I pour water in it to form little balls of dirt and I eat it .I love the smell of earthly dirt and I have been addicted since I was 8yrs old I'm 23yrs old now and it helps me use the bathroom...
    MsUniquelydesigned MsUniquelydesigned 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    I am so ashamed. I have had this

    since a childhood, and I'm 37 now. It was just about 2 yrs ago that I even knew a name for this. I told once person one time one of the things I eat, and they teased me about it. I will never tell anyone again, not even my therapist, except for here. I am so ashamed, but I eat...
    rmsh rmsh 36-40 4 Responses Apr 24

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    I Love Baking Powder!!!

    Hello Im 34 and i Love to eat baking powder.. it all started last year when i ate only "Sal de Uva" which is a mexican version of "alka seltzar". I would take about 3-4 single packages a day.. when i got preagnant with my son in 2010, i craved anything that was powdery and white...
    adiaz268 adiaz268 31-35, F 45 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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    LOL!! MUST READ!! Pica : is most common

    for 2-3 year olds but I'm 10 so I can't stop eating paper or my crazy loom bands! I've been biting my brothers arm sometimes I bit a little pice if my rubber phone case ! Funny story on my field trip I went to the Autry museum and we were on the bus I sat next to my friends...
    bela5562 bela5562 13-15, F Jul 7

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    National Geographic Documentary Series - Seeking People With Pica

    Hello everyone, My name is Dora Weekley. I am working as a Researcher for National Geographic's anthropological documentary series TABOO. I hope you don't mind me approaching you here. A long running series, TABOO presents an in-depth analysis of human behaviors and customs...
    researchertv researchertv 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2011

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    I Eat Chalk

    Hey group! I see I'm not alone... it started in my childhood...I remember nibbling on the wall..loved the smell of wet gypsum and plaster...everytime I passed a construction area my mouth would start watering and now I'm on that chalk chewing thing sometime I eat a whole...
    creamtart77 creamtart77 31-35 105 Responses Jun 30, 2009

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    I Just Love The Taste Of Flour!!

    I am so relieved to be among others who are going through the same as me. My cravings started when I was a teenager. I had strong urges to eat dust and baking powder. I tried these but, they didn't satisfy. Then came along sand. It was ok. But, one day at home, I ate a spoonful...
    am2011 am2011 26-30 23 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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    I Eat Dirt And Rocks Secretly

    I guess I have Pica. I have told no one. I am a 27 year old mother, wife, and college student. I have two boys ages 2 and 4. I don't know how this happened. I think the cravings started when I was pregnant. I seriously started craving rocks. I didn't give in for a long time...
    humhoney humhoney 26-30, F 98 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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    For many years I have "craved" really-hot

    radishes. I buy up to 6 bunches per week, and somewhat panic when I run out before shopping day. I only stopped for a short time following iron infusions for low iron count. That lasted merely 3 months. I know eating radishes isn't a harmful substance to ingest (I guess...
    Omma41 Omma41 70+, F Sep 10

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    i too crave a lot for slate pencils .

    is thr any remedy to get rid of this?
    CuteCat21 CuteCat21 18-21, F Jul 30

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    I Have Pica Help Me!

    hello everyone I am a 19 year old young lady,and I have pica. It started when I was in 7th grade I used to eat chalk around 15 I started eating the back of notebooks,that progressed into eating plaster to drywall to tissue with laundry detergent on it. I simply can't stop it...
    Sweetiepie19 Sweetiepie19 18-21, F 12 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    okay, I've never told anyone about this

    and I'm only 15 for a few years I've had an excessive habit of eating graphite, rocks, baby power, sand and charcoal. I literally break apart pencils to eat the graphite, its a bad habit and my family notices all the shredded pencils. I don't know why, *** just has this taste...
    aarlert aarlert 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    I have been addicted to eating flour

    for 4 years now. I buy unbleached and let it sit for a couple days then dig chucks out and eat. I try to stop but I work at a supermarket and its so hard. My mouth waters when a customer accidentally opens the flour sack. I need help
    flourgirl24 flourgirl24 18-21, F Apr 25

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    I Have Pica

    Firstly I really appreciate the stories on here that people have shared about somthings Im sure they could never tell family openly without embarrasment, Till 2009 I assumed I was just strange and was the only one who struggles with these urges. Since I was about 7 or 8  i...
    triniqueenof1984 triniqueenof1984 26-30 8 Responses Sep 22, 2010

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    I Eat Sponge

    I'm 13 years old and ever since i can remember i have eaten sponge. All kinds from washing up sponges to stuffing in chairs. I do it to calm me down, to comfort me, really for anything. The after pain is so bad and all i fell is my stomach is going to fail and...
    PerfectInsainity PerfectInsainity 16-17, F 84 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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    I always loved the smell of earth

    after it rains. The smell made me search for the taste...of the smell. I found it! It"s dirt, soil, earth, whatever you want to call it. My grandma kept losts of plants (heavenly for a dirt eater) so l'd eat the plant soil. It tastes just like the smell I was chasing. I got...
    yummy2mytummy yummy2mytummy 41-45 Aug 10

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    All I think about after school is I'm gonna get

    my craving. Hi I'm 14 and I admit I have pica.I can't stop Here are the things I mostly eat -Arm and hammer cat litter deodorizer -Gain dryer sheets -Sand -Laundry detergent (liquid) -Coffee grounds -Dry wall I eat these regularly and I just want to know I'm not alone in this...
    picapicapica picapicapica 13-15, F 1 Response May 3

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    Hi all! I too have Pica.

    It all started wen i was at college. My frnds used to eat small pieces of slate pencil. And one day i too tasted them and liked them from then. I was eating more and more of them, I used to buy 20 packets of slate pencils in the stationary and eat them at home. And i never faced...
    CuteCat21 CuteCat21 18-21, F Aug 7

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    I have never spoken on this

    as it is so embarrassing. I eat my wall plaster / dry wall. Typing it makes my mouth water and i am addicted. It started when I was very young. I used to eat the dry wall powder at my grandmas house. That stopped for years When I was about 15 I started eating the dry wall at my...
    tessatessaxo tessatessaxo 18-21, F 1 Response May 17

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    Yeah..embarrassing but,

    yeah. I used to eat Kleenex, now I just chew on it. Idk why. I like the taste and texture I guess, I'm not sure why I like it. Sometimes chewing calms me down I think. But it is embarrassing, people have made fun of me for it. Right now ppl think I have stopped, but I really...
    CutiePie199 CutiePie199 18-21, F 2 Responses May 21

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    Hi When I was pregnant 5 years ago I had this

    urge for rubber, the smell and taste of it! All through my pregnancy I chewed on rubber bands, I then found it wasn't enough so I looked for other things, I bought a massive sack of rubber playground chippings ( recycled car tyres) I had them everywhere is bowls so the smell was...
    Louloub1969 Louloub1969 41-45, F Jun 30

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    I Can't Stop Eating Toilet Paper

    For many, many years (off and on for 14 years) I've had the addiction of eating toilet paper .  I always try to stop but can never seem to do it.  I might be able to stop for a day or two.  I started eating it when I was around 4 or 5 years old, but didn...
    yellowcello yellowcello 31-35, F 195 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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    I have pica and I have done

    for as long as I can remember. Unlike most people who have the syndrome/disorder I have had cravings for a WIDE variety of things throughout my childhood (sponge, bubbles, dried paint and dried nail varnish). However, the things that I consider MY pica is tinsel (leaving behind...
    Pandasaurusrex Pandasaurusrex 18-21 Sep 2

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    I'm beginning to think I have it.

    I've been craving nail polish lately. I love the smell of it. And now I want to taste it. I don't get why I suddenly got this craving, but it's annoying -.-
    oathtoorder oathtoorder 18-21, F Aug 1

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    So my boyfriend knows I struggle with this

    and always viewed it as an addiction. Which in my opinion it is not, its a condition! Anyways I took a big step because I really want to stop and I told him I eat soap. I was expecting him to flip out because he is really overly protective. Instead he just said "we'll get...
    suddenurges suddenurges 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2013

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    Hi guys, um.... Well I've been researching this

    on and off but right when I first found out about pica, I just knew I had it. The definition just said me. I'm not too sure why I do this but I really really wish to find out more than anything. I began eating powder when I was younger, but then somehow got into eating wall...
    drizzydezz drizzydezz 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    I honestly have not gotten cravings in a very

    long time until now.. Lately I've been eating raw rice & soap. It annoys me because the pain I have afterwards from the rice.. The soap makes my tongue bleed after a period of time. I was diagnosed with pica as a child. Never thought anything of it as a pre-teen. I would it raw...
    shaylagarcia111 shaylagarcia111 18-21, F 1 Response May 10

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    I have suffered from pica

    since i can remember. REMEMBER IT IS AN EATING DISORDER AND YOU SHOULD GET HELP. It started in primary school eating pencils and the grit off the pavement that they put down when its icey, i then moved on to nailvarnish, paint and plastic, the urge to eat them is uncontrollable...
    xsamanthaclaire xsamanthaclaire 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    I don't think I have pica syndrome

    or if it's just a nutrition deficiency but when I get a bath or something I sometimes have a chew on the sponge or something because I like the texture of it and the taste, I know it's not a good behaviour but I used to eat bath bubbles or sniff them up my nose😂😁but I've...
    lucymichelle lucymichelle 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    I love to drink witeout.

    I love the feeling I get one I drink it. I don't smell them, I just drink it. I used to just start with one but now I just drink two bottles when I can. If I'm not drinking it, I'm leaving out in the open to dry, so I can chew it when it's dried out. I don't do this on a daily...
    NaeNaex3 NaeNaex3 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    My Unusual Cravings

    From early childhood, my habits included the eating of Rubber, especially the blue/green rubberbands found around newspapers.  Even to this day, I still have a craving for them.  Besides the rubberbands, I also ate pencil erasers, rubber from the soles of tennis shoes...
    ronniepaulmichigan ronniepaulmichigan 51-55, M 24 Responses Oct 9, 2010

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    Chalk, Dirt And Rocks..oh My!

    Im 22 and I first started eating chalk, dirt, and rocks with my first pregnancy. I mostly ate dirt and small rocks 2 years ago. When my pregnancy was over the cravings went away and I thought to myself how strange it was that I was eating all of those things. I was really...
    JodiRay JodiRay 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 4, 2011

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    I am terribly embarrassed about my Pica

    condition. I have the HUGEST cravings for sand, and in fact have consumed a 15kg bag of children's play sand in just under 6months. I approached my Doctor about it and he laughed and made a comment a long the lines of "yes, it's strange.." and made it feel like I was just being...
    emzki28 emzki28 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 3

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    I have a really bad habit of eating flour.

    Its a really embarrassing habit so I try to keep it to myself but knowing there's other people with the same problem gives me comfort. I really wish I can stop cause after a while it gives me constipation and got anemia. It's gone now but now that I gave in to the habit again I...
    KimmyO4Lifeex33 KimmyO4Lifeex33 16-17, F Mar 28

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    Share Your Pica Syndrome Story

    Hi, I'm a documentary researcher whose been touched by the stories of Pica I've found in this group. I'm currently researching for a globally syndicated program that would share international stories of extreme interests, behaviours and practices. If you're struggling with Pica...
    elley12 elley12 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 10, 2013

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    Pica/autocannibalism

     I had been biting my nails and eating the skin on my fingers since i could remember, then it went to the skin on my toes and then my toenails. It was mild, like this, until i was about 8, when i stuck a thumbtack into my heel and started peeling back the skin. I peeled the...
    ninarox ninarox 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 23, 2010

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    I've had it since I was 12.

    It's keeping me from performing everyday duties. Please pray for me.
    gratefulme gratefulme 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    MY PICA STORY!!!!!!!!

    i m a 19 year old girl.. m a college student.....i m sure am gonna sound like a wierdo.. my problem for the past seven years is i crave dirt so much.... once wen i was 12 i smelled a packet of ashes n i was so much wanted to eat it... ever since i have ate lot of them lik 4 or 5...
    sharnya sharnya 18-21 3 Responses Nov 2, 2011

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    Clean Toilet Paper

    I specify clean (even amongst those who understand) because the question that almost always comes after the admission of PICA is "...the toilet paper is clean...right?" This started when I was young.  I ate notebook papers and book pages.  Only the corners...
    wouldthatbeokay wouldthatbeokay 22-25, F 15 Responses Oct 14, 2009

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    I have had pica since my last pregnancy

    when I developed severe anemia. I eat bar soap, I've tried all different brands to find ones that don't burn my tongue. Dial, Zest, and French milled nuetrogena are the ones that I seem to crave. I started smelling it then licking the bubbles, then skimming bits off the wet...
    laneylawson laneylawson 31-35, F May 10

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    I've always had really bad craving

    for sponge. I never eat it because my friend went to the hospital for exactly the same reasons, but I can stop the urge to eat it by smelling the sponge etc It's strange and embarrassing but I hear a lot of people have the same urges
    meganbxiley meganbxiley 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    I Have Pica!

    Im 17 years old, and i first started chewing on toilet paper (not eating it) when i was in 7th grade. It started when i had a box of Kleenex tissues in my room and i dont remember how i began to chew on it but once i ran out, i went to toilet paper. I chew it into little clumps...
    mayaanneee mayaanneee 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2013

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    mstud17 mstud17 22-25, F Apr 12

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    I call my self an oddity.

    There are so many strange things about me i keep most of them hidden. Like my Pica. I told my mom once but we are mexican (she doesn't belive in Pica, depression or anything like that). So i just kept quiet and kept eating strange things. Here is my list... Coffe grounds...
    mashuthanna mashuthanna 22-25, F Sep 9

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