I Have Pica Syndrome

Pica Syndrome anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Pica Syndrome. You're not alone. 848 People

    Hello. My name is Holly

    and I am an Assistant Producer at Mentorn Media. I came across this forum during my research on a new documentary about Pica and wanted to get in touch, I hope that is OK. Mentorn Media is making a documentary about people with compulsions to eat the inedible. We are...
    Hbourne Hbourne
    26-30, F
    Jan 18, 2016

    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

    I don't remember when it started.

    But my mom says i used to pick some dirt in the corner of rooms when i was about 2 years old. Then i started to school and when i was cleaning the blackboard in the class, i started to eat chalk, sometimes take some with me home, to eat it there... I also ate my crayons at home...
    Sue92 Sue92
    22-25, F
    Oct 30, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    87 Responses Dec 5, 2008

    I came across this site reading everyone's

    stories feeling amazed about how I am not alone. I feel a little disappointed because everyone's stories are mostly or similarly the same while mine it way out of the box... Once again I feel like the different one but not as much. I know I have this pica syndrome and I've known...
    whyme96 whyme96
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 9, 2016

    (This is a bit long btw)Aight

    so basically ever since I've been able to eat solid food I've been eating things that aren't food. Wax, paper, cardboard, dried nail polish & white out, soft plastics, sponge, foam, lip balms, plastics that are soft enough to chew up, erasers, tea bags, coffee beans, clean...
    pastelwhales pastelwhales
    18-21, F
    Jan 3, 2016

    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

    I do not personally have pica,

    but I am working with someone who does for a documentary TV series. They have never met anyone else who has pica, and would love to get some advice. If anyone is interested in telling their story and experiences with our subject (or if you know any other places where I may be...
    gigantictv gigantictv
    1 Response Oct 13, 2015

    I started eating flour

    when I was like 12 years old. One day out of nowhere i just grabbed a bad of flour and started eating it. Haven't stopped ever since and im 19 now. Something ive been trying to stop for a while now but everytime i try i just crave it more. The longest I would go without it is 2...
    KimmyO4Lifeex33 KimmyO4Lifeex33
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 13, 2015

    My name is Kristen Phelan

    and I'm a casting director working with Watercooler Casting. We are currently in development of a new TV project that is looking to document and bring awareness to families that are dealing with children that have unusual and compulsive behaviors including Pica. Our show hopes...
    thekp129 thekp129
    41-45, F
    Jan 25, 2016

    i am 26 and i have pica.

    ..am addicted to the smell of sand,cement,chalk,car fumes and dirt.i always enjoy sweeping dusty areas because of the smell.I've been doing it since childhood and i guess i was born with it.i feel a little relief to know am not the only one with this syndrome.
    Efyamansa Efyamansa
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2015

    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
    215 Responses Feb 6, 2010

    Ive had pica for about 8 years

    but it's been on and off. It started when I was 8.I smelled toilet paper in the cupboard and was immediately attracted to it.It smelt so amazing and I had to put a little in my mouth to taste. Eventually after 6 months of eating no more than 10 pieces a day I stopped. 7 years...
    Savannah98 Savannah98
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 20, 2016

    I've just gotten into toothpaste.

    I really want to eat it, but I have to control myself. Better get some gum, lol
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Nov 19, 2014

    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
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Jul 7, 2014

    Cushion Foam :(

    Im 16 and since i was 9 ive eaten the spongy stuff out of chairs, mattresses, washing sponges, etc. Anything with the foam stuff. I need help though. I cant stop. Ive eaten hair rollers. One time i even ate the stuffing out the front of my purse. Its a serious problem b/c i dont...
    Bethany505 Bethany505
    18-21, F
    52 Responses Nov 26, 2009

    I've eaten my hair, large quantities of my own

    blood, and skin until I have balding patches, and scarred skin.. I'm sick of the stupid "oh! You like BLOOD? That means you're a VAMPIRE!"; no, shut the **** up. and when people catch me pulling out my hair and popping it in my mouth, or letting my nose bleed into a cup in the...
    mainVine mainVine
    16-17, T
    3 Responses Jul 29, 2015

    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. One...
    humhoney humhoney
    26-30, F
    112 Responses Mar 9, 2010

    I love the green Irish spring soap,

    it'd so good, I chew rubber bands, and chew it with the soap,, help me.. I love to eat gain and tide washing liquid to😣😣😣😣it's so good...
    Evj1983 Evj1983
    31-35, F
    Mar 14, 2016

    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

    My whole life, I've been attracted to dry,

    dusty things. As a child, I used to volunteer to clean erasers at school so I could inhale the dust, but I never had a craving to actually eat the chalk. I was satisfied with smelling the chalk dust until the last few months of college, when I started having the urge to eat...
    FaceFaceFace2 FaceFaceFace2
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 9, 2014

    Hi. I have had pica on

    and off for 30 years. I am 37. I eat sponge. In the past -car sponge, baby sponge, seat, face sponge. I love and crave the smell of it wet/ damp, I love to chew it and swallow it. I have been abstinent for years before but when I became pregnant I started having cravings. I...
    Eilidhanna Eilidhanna
    36-40, F
    Mar 3, 2016

    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
    48 Responses Mar 30, 2011

    I am 15 years old and I love to eat downy

    Unstopabbles and gain fireworks it's so good I crush it up and put ice on it and consume it its so good
    Kendayl Kendayl
    46-50, F
    Mar 4, 2016

    I'm 16 year old, I've been eating soap

    since I was 12. I started in the 7th grade now I'm in the 11th. I've always had a craving for soap but I never really took action on it until one day I was hanging out with my younger sister & we were playing in the bathroom & I told her the soap smelled really good & I wouldn't...
    Unknowingly1993 Unknowingly1993
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Sep 26, 2015


     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
    10 Responses Jan 23, 2010

    I Eat Emery Boards

    I have had Pica since i was 5 years old. I would steal sandpaper from my dad's workshop and go and peel off the sandypart and eat it. Now i eat emery boards. I don't know why but i love them so much. they are amazing, and they suprisingly taste really good. at walmart you can get...
    youknowthaticouldusesomebody youknowthaticouldusesomebody
    18-21, F
    39 Responses Sep 15, 2009

    so I have been craving Dry dessert dirt,

    baby powder, i eat ice everyday, I eat about 3 cups of ice at work then I go home and eat ice. I crave dry rocks and also soap, i love the smell of sharpies and markers and paint, wet pain. I crave it all the time. every single day but I haven't been to the doctor. so I looked...
    ItsMeRegan ItsMeRegan
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 7, 2015

    Well my story is a lot like some of yours,

    I started young on comet and sometimes dirt from my backyard... I like to eat things with gritty texture for most of my childhood and eventually got to the point i was swallowing other objects like my brothers marbles and similar objects... I had to stop with comet cause I was...
    BadMomKira BadMomKira
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2016

    Well i've started eating sponge

    since i recover my accident my mother argue with me about i ate of an whole mattress in two months and i ate all the pillows in my house i'm really stress right now and since lately i've started eating my hair and ita hard for me to past my faeces can someone help me plz
    brit4 brit4
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    Update on my pica syndrome.

    I have been clean for 6 months now and it's was very difficult for the first couple of months, but now the only time I crave uneatable things is when it's in front of me. I have learned to control it. 6 months ago I had blood tests done and my iron level was at 2 and it's...
    666x1 666x1
    18-21, F
    Jan 23, 2016

    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

    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

    Hello, My name is Lindsay

    and I'm a researcher at The Connected Set TV, we're an award winning, next generation independent production company. We're currently working on a new ground breaking series for a major Irish broadcaster which tackles the stigma around body image, eating disorders and people's...
    LindsayTCS LindsayTCS
    26-30, F
    Mar 9, 2016
    BelleBeeBee BelleBeeBee
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 7, 2015

    I Eat Soap

    I eat soap not just any soap certain soaps. Bar soaps. It started when I was pregnant . It left an recently a year ago I began to eat soap again. I eat the chinese soap from the health store, coast soap and dial. I chip at it. I try to stop I go through a bar within a week. Is...
    kela696 kela696
    36-40, F
    67 Responses Feb 21, 2010

    Hi , I'm 19 and I have pica.

    It's been 5 years since I've started eating dry paint/wall. I want to stop but when I start eating it I feel lost and my subconscious mind takes over. It's like I can't do anything about it . And I looked up the causes , and I found maternal deprivation in it. My mother passes...
    Iamsooooweird Iamsooooweird
    18-21, M
    Mar 13, 2016

    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
    5 Responses Jun 25, 2011

    I can't stop eating chalk.

    I'm ashamed worried and scared that I'm using my teeth to dig my grave.
    Samsalsa Samsalsa
    26-30, F
    Mar 14, 2016

    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
    8 Responses Sep 22, 2010

    I started picking at carpet

    and then picking at any fabric and eating it.. I don't do it as much but still continue. This has been going on for approximately 8 years
    CameronBushatz CameronBushatz
    Mar 21, 2016

    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
    5 Responses Apr 24, 2014

    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

    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
    28 Responses Apr 16, 2011

    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
    118 Responses Jun 30, 2009

    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

    im embarrassed that i eat washing powder.

    i've always loved the smell i use to chew on clothes and then one day i ate it and it tasted good. now im addicted to it. i've tried to stop many times and have succeed for long periods of time but i always end up eating it again. i have had bad experiences where my tongue burns...
    Merissa56 Merissa56
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Dec 13, 2015

    I'm 21 years old and I've been eating toilet

    paper for as long as I can remember. I used to eat about a roll a day, but I've recently gotten down to having only a few sheets every other day. I was so proud of the progress that I've made. I finally told my closest friend about my addiction and she just treated me like a...
    picachu7 picachu7
    26-30, F
    Mar 23, 2016

    I Heart Chalk

    I have been eating chalk for as long as I can remember off n on. I remember eating Dirt out of my mothers plants as a little girl. Well I'm in my 30's now and I still crave dry earthy textures in my my mouth. I know I should be taking iron pills but I'm almost positive I would...
    chalkyyy chalkyyy
    6 Responses Apr 11, 2011

    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
    Jul 8, 2011

    My Name is Nicola and I am currently directing

    a documentary about Pica for a UK broadcaster. We are filming with a number of cases in both the UK and the USA to help understand how the condition affects the lives of those who live with it. the difficulties in getting it diagnosed and available treatment. If you...
    nicolab nicolab
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2016

    I have been eating chalk

    for about 20 years. It started where I would stay late after class and sneak a few pieces when the teacher wasn't looking. Now, I ALWAYS have a box of strictly crayola white chalk with me. I keep 2 boxes near me. One for "used" chalk (what I've already had in my mouth; I'll go...
    Immaweirdone Immaweirdone
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2015

    I started eating chalk

    when I was about 7 years old I've gone on and off for use mostly due to accessibility about 9 years ago I started buying it on a regular basis usually crayola but I also few to love the white chalk from cra z at note I average about 6 boxes per day and my doctor know about it it...
    Chalkgirlwa Chalkgirlwa
    31-35, F
    Aug 2, 2015

    Sigh only my parents

    and my best friend knows about this, but am 22 yrs old and for as long as I can remember I have been eating cloth and thread. I want to stop but the cravings are so hard to break.I used to eat sponge and foam from mattresses and my hair but I stopped when I was about 11 yrs old...
    shanice22 shanice22
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2015

    After searching online tonight I've just found

    out there's a name for what I do. I don't eat toilet paper, I just chew it and spit it out but I can't understand why I do it. This is the first time I have ever looked it up because I was so scared of what might be wrong with me. I want to stop so much because it's so...
    gingernus gingernus
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jan 17, 2016

    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
    3 Responses Nov 2, 2011

    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
    Jun 12, 2014

    I am so ashamed of this habbit.

    .. I dnt knw whn i start eating paper,pencil nib, chalk, soil etc.. I really want to leave this habbit but i cant.. And wht are the symptoms begind this?
    deleted deleted
    Dec 8, 2015

    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
    111 Responses Aug 3, 2010
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