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Pica Syndrome anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Pica Syndrome. You're not alone. 761 People

    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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    I can't get to any chalk,

    drywall, or dirt. Looking for a substitute. Must b gritty must taste of rain or earth. Thanks guys
    yummytummy610 yummytummy610 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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 48 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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    I crave baking soda .

    .. It don't know why.. I do have low iron.. I've had several transfusions but I just can't stop.. I eat baking soda all day if I could.. N I also crave ice I chew a lot of ice ..
    tee08 tee08 31-35 May 11

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    I crave soap! I remember biting a bar of Irish

    Spring Sport when I was about twelve, but I really started craving it when I was pregnant in 2006. I would put a bar in water to get it mushy then squish it around and spit it out while I was taking a bath. It happened again with my second pregnancy in 2008/2009, regular Irish...
    somommy617 somommy617 26-30 1 Response Apr 25

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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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    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 1 Response Aug 10, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Ok, I'm trying so hard to overcome this.

    But my cravings r out of this world! I have to satisfy it today or I'm gonna lose it. I'm trying to find substitutes for the dirt and drywall. I read about white dirt from the south. Has anyone tried it? How does it taste?
    yummytummy610 yummytummy610 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 9

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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 31-35 101 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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    I'm pregnant and I loveeee to eat powder !

    I tried to stop but I can't . Is there anyone like me ?
    BrokenGirl76 BrokenGirl76 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    I've just gotten into toothpaste.

    I really want to eat it, but I have to control myself. Better get some gum, lol
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 19, 2014

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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 have never admitted this,

    ever. I have almost constant craving for sand. I've been keeping this a secret from everyone I've ever known since I was a child. I know it causes me physical harm, but the cravings don't stop. The doctor always says my iron is fine, I also donate blood regularly; it's not an...
    LilllyAnnne LilllyAnnne 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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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 31-35 116 Responses Jun 30, 2009

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    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

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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 108 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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    Hi my name is Christina,

    I just found out I have pica. I have been licking cigarette ashes off of my finger. It started about 5 months ago while I was living with my ex. I was very stresses out n just started to do it. I guess I had it as a child but it stopped... but now it's back! I'm scared that if...
    4cutiepies 4cutiepies 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    I've only told my boyfriend of 4 years

    and another friend of my condition, I started chewing on the grit from nail files and then I started chewing glass, and then send and dirt and little rocks, I don't even know how it got to be so bad. I don't do it every day but over the years my teeth have gotten sensitive and I...
    zonumira618 zonumira618 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 3

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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 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 31-35 6 Responses Apr 11, 2011

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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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    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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    toiletpapereatter toiletpapereatter 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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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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    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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    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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    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 209 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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    okay so i have Pica and have had

    for as long as i can remember its the foam in couches and cushion stuffing that gets me, I have a young son and since me and his father split up due to him taking drugs ive obviously stopped him seeing his son, Anyway he is threatening to call social services on me because of...
    Danii2015 Danii2015 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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    I'm eating ice again.

    Yey? hahah, just wanna get that out there. Wrong info before, it's bad for your teeth.
    gnarlyaf gnarlyaf 18-21 Nov 23, 2014

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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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    I just taught one of our DCD sisters how to

    prepare her drywall to eat. My mouth water for some DCD right now. TTYL gonna go buy some and prepare it. ????
    yummytummy610 yummytummy610 41-45, F Mar 21

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    I eat every type of soap anyone I can get my

    hands on sometimes my tongue is yellow and I have really bad side pains but I cant stop. I eat a bar of soap a month n it relaxes me especially when I have a cup of ice near I'm afraid to go to the doctor they might tell me I'm dying or something I cant handle. I take a bar of...
    semorec semorec 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2014

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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 use to eat couch cushions

    and that started around 5years old, i dnt knw why but that lasted for 16 years, ,but now I've stopped and got a new best friend ,Toilet paper for two years now this has been going on I REALLY WANT TO STOP BUT I CNT PLZ HELP ME ,BTW IM 33YEARS OLD NOW WHAT DO I DO!?
    toiletpapereatter toiletpapereatter 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    I have suffered with pica

    since I was a child. I eat drywall and I need to stop! now! I've tried everything, I take supplements, I try to find something less toxic to meet my needs. nothing help!I am 11weeks pregnant and terrified that I have caused my baby to have problems and I am so scared to see my...
    lilacgarden2015 lilacgarden2015 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 12

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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 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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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 24 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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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 chew bath sponges and eat radox bubbles,

    weird I know. It's nice though. My friend sniffs radox bubbles also but sometimes I just really want too stop but it's like an addiction
    lucymichellexo lucymichellexo 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    Hi I really can't believe I am going to

    actually let anybody know this other than my immediate family.... Ever since I can remember I loved to eat baby powder and loved the smell of the vacuum picking up stuff up off the carpet ... One day when I was about 6-7 I just laid on the floor after they ran the vacuum and had...
    Malele135 Malele135 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    I just read how a lot of ppl love the smell of

    wet cement, when it rains. It arouses my pica. When I smell it I gotta have that smell in my mouth...dirt, drywall, and chalk.
    yummytummy610 yummytummy610 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I'm 21 and I have pica.

    I love the taste and texture of paper from cardboard, some types of tissue paper and other types of paper. It started when I was a baby, my mom noticed me eating paper but she blew it off but I'm thinking now that I'm older I'm now having cravings of cardboard and plain (non...
    bunny413 bunny413 22-25, F Jan 5

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    Hi, I'm 43 and I think I have pica

    because I'm really addicted to eating ice and smelling washing powder. It's only one brand of washing powder I crave for(I'm not worried about the ice), I don't want to eat it but I'm constantly smelling it, I do my dishes with it, I wash my clothes way too much just to get the...
    smurft smurft 41-45, F Dec 16, 2014

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    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 1 Response Jan 8

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    I have the weirdest additions.

    .I crave different smells,for example petrol,permanent markers,firelighters, mothballs, shoe polish,paint..I always love eating crunchy and powdery things,example chalk,cornstarch, white dirt, baby powder... I was just wondering wot other people's odd addictions are??
    Abigail321 Abigail321 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 3

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