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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. 830 People

    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

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    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

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    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 16-17, F Jan 23

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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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    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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    Im 25 years old and 100% have this,

    not that I have been formally diagnosed. I only found out about pica about two years ago but it explains everything. I seem to have cross over things as well, I eat my hair and skin on my hands until they bleed. Amongst other things, its truly embarrassing, I have been in a...
    terriberri15 terriberri15 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 29, 2015

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    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

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    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 1 day ago

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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 86 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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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 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 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

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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
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 19, 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 10 Responses Jan 23, 2010

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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, 2015

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    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 18-21 1 Response Oct 13, 2015

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    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

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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 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

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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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    (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

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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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    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 31-35 111 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 6, 2015

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    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

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    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 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    I probably have the most disgusting type of

    all: I eat boogers, and literally any bodily secretions except urine, feces, and menstrual blood. I used to be more omnivorous and ate stuff such as pencils, paper, and clumps of my clothes (almost choked on it once!). My mom thought it was iron deficiency and had me tested once...
    0902FRIENDs 0902FRIENDs 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 2015

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    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 26-30 Dec 8, 2015

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    BelleBeeBee BelleBeeBee 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2015

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    Hi, I'm new to this.

    I've been eating toilet paper (obv clean) since I was around 10 years old. It started just odd sheet whilst in the bathroom, I didn't eat it consistently until I was around 20, when I became pregnant it increased to maybe 1/2 a roll in evening and since my second pregnant 4...
    Tiz1988 Tiz1988 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 21, 2015

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    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

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    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

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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 216 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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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 27 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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    I have pica syndrome.

    ..I crave plaster...and limescale. I Darent tell anyone I am too scared of Wat they will think xx
    sabbykatt sabbykatt 36-40, F Jul 9, 2015

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    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

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    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 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    I chip at and lick ivory spring soap.

    It started with the smell. now I avoid using this type of soap to shower in order to minimize my desire to eat it.
    curvy66 curvy66 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 12, 2015

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    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 16-17, F 5 Responses Sep 26, 2015

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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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    Hi I love the dirt on mushrooms

    and root veg I love the smell of dirt and I can't help it I grind stones in my hands and shuffle my feet over them my hands get cut but it's so nice the sound the texture everything. there's a dirty carpet at work and I shuffle my feet on it to get the smell!
    Julieeilum11 Julieeilum11 51-55, F Jun 20, 2015

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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 2 Responses Jan 8, 2015

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