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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. 645 People

    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 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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    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 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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    mstud17 mstud17 22-25, F Apr 12

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    I realized I had this disorder at fourteen.

    I have always loved the smell of expo markers, sharpies, gasoline, nail polish etc. All those strong acidic smelling things, I love the smell of. So freshmen year I wondered what it would be like to taste an expo marker. So I did and I've loved it ever since. I am now 17 and I...
    LonelyGirl729 LonelyGirl729 16-17 Jan 18

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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 95 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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    I am 15 years old & I enjoy eating bars of soap.

    I've been eating soap since I was 13 , & I can finish 2 bars of soap each week. I don't know if it's bad for my health or not. I haven't been sick because of this addiction. I need someone's advice for this addictions. Anybody else eat bars of soap ?
    JessiDenny JessiDenny 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 29, 2013

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    I am 13 and when i was

    as little as 3 my parents were told by a doctoer that i had pica, this is common in children i ate a lot of strange things. Mud, bugs, hair, plastic, rubber, wood, uncooked pasta, paper, crayons, candles, pencil leds and i think at one point i ate a marble. Now ten years on...
    1imthemay 1imthemay 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    Am I Losing My Mind.....

    I fell off a roof on May,2013 and hit My head. Catscan's revealed nothing broke and no cause for alarm. I was in physical pain for quite a period of time. (My shoulder) As a result, I suddenly within days following My fall developed "pica syndrom". I don't concider it a "problem...
    jerryfaxman jerryfaxman 61-65 3 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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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 35 Responses Sep 15, 2009

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    I have pica, I have it all the time.

    I get more cravings when pregnant. My craving is sponges and sponge like substance foam, egg crate etc. I am anemic and regardless of iron intake remain that way. My body does not metabolize iron as it should so even if I take 300% daily dose I am still anemic. I have found...
    Meduplantis Meduplantis 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    i"ve been eating chalk

    since 5 years now,,,,plzz help mi
    varushapari varushapari 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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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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    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 23 Responses Oct 9, 2010

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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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    I am only 15 and I love chewing

    and swallowing sponges, at first I realised I really liked the smell and feel, but then I started to dip them into things like tea or coffee, one day I accidentally swallowed some and from that moment I have been addicted. I told my mum after about 8 months of doing this (I have...
    chloe98xo chloe98xo 13-15, F Jan 6

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    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 16-17, F 44 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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    It sucks I love the smell of laundry.

    Dryer sheets makes me feel so good. My mouth waters as I write this. Bounce Dryer Sheets are the only ones I chew regularly. I hate the cheap ones. But sometimes I get desperate and I chew those. The Spring Renewal Febreze Bounce ones are my favorite. I just chew them and...
    ohwee12 ohwee12 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2013

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    So Ive been on a better more complete vitamin

    regimen and a lot of my Pica cravings have subsided. I went from a bar every couple of day to a bar lasting me a week and a half. Its not ideal by any measure but its better than it was and thats what its all about. :-) I hope this inspires you that this thing is controllable...
    suddenurges suddenurges 26-30, F Feb 22

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    I am a woman who is addicted to self rising

    flour. I have been addicted for many years like 15. I am tierd of this but it taste so good when I have the erdge. I crave it morning noon and night. I use to hide and eat it but now I don't. People always tell me it's not good for me but I still eat it anyway. I wanna get pass...
    wannagetpass wannagetpass 36-40, F Feb 26

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    I had no idea what this thing was

    until just now, in my 19th year of doing it lol! I have always done it since I was a year old, I used to get caught out all of the time until I got a little older and learned how to hide it. Luckily my Girlfriend is always very supportive of me in anything I do, and I can't say...
    KingToboggan KingToboggan 18-21, M Jan 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 89 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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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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    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 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I think I am following an unknown path.

    i am worried and scared. I have these cravings real bad ones… I use to chalk, I have ate lot of slate and i don’t even know how many pencils. I can’t stop myself. I just can eat any lead and i can keep going. there was this one time that my dad bought 40boxes of those...
    Tachen Tachen 18-21, F Jan 13

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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 190 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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    When I was little, I had these cravings

    for brick and when I told my parents about this, they made me go to the doctor and get a blood test. I was terrified of needles at the time, so I never trusted them again, in fear of having to go to the doctors again. My brick cravings transitioned to drywall cravings when I saw...
    pllasterblaster pllasterblaster 31-35 1 Response Jan 31

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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 19 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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    Ever since i was little i had Pica Syndrome.

    It went from eating paper/stickers to eating soap and hot sauce... It has slightly decreased (the cravings) but I crave soap.. i just looooooove the taste. It gets so bad sometimes because i want more and more of it. The soap I crave is irish spring. Its just so good. But im...
    shaylamg shaylamg 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    Magazine Opportunity To Raise Awareness

    Hello everyone! I came across this group and I have read through some really interesting stories. PICA is a subject not widely reported on in the media and I'd really like to raise awareness for it. I am a feature writer for women's in the UK, and I was wondering if any of you...
    littlestar89 littlestar89 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 30, 2013

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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 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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    Hello everyone !! Happy to see everyone is

    doing great! I'm doing just FAB! :) Just want to let everyone know that I cannot let go of my baking powder. Still have my Clabber Girl can in my purse and a little container in my car. I need to have it with my at all times because when I feel nervous or extremely full from...
    adiaz268 adiaz268 31-35, F Jan 23

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    I had this while I was pregnant.

    I thought I was going crazy. Eating ice and having the urge to chew on sponges. I would also brush my teeth like six times a day. Turned out I had a deficiency. It went away after I had the baby. The Dr gave me some moth swobs and told me not to swallow them. I took some...
    beautifly917 beautifly917 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    I am addicted to eating Comet cleanser,

    Glade carpet deodorizer Clean Linen and Arm & Hammer cat litter deodorizer. I'm 17 and I've been eating these things excessively since I was 14. I pour the Comet straight into my mouth from the can several times a day, I just love the texture! The Glade carpet deodorizer has the...
    chelstaughtyou chelstaughtyou 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    Will I'm happy to know I'm not the only one

    suffering from this effectuation of foam items. I started out eating foam rollers @ the age of 10, I'm now 41, over the years I graduated to the cushion in the couches, chairs, pureses, and iron board. I've destroy three couches and the computer chair. I'm also anemic, What I to...
    Keayana Keayana 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 14

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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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    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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    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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    I've had Pica since I was a little kid.

    It's supposedly normal in children, like eating dirt and such, but I never outgrew it I suppose. I'm 13 years old and chew on chalky substances on a daily basis.
    marybwhee marybwhee 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2013

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    Today I had a craving

    for soap. I think it was more of the habit than a craving but nonetheless I gave in, it didnt taste so good... I've upped my iron dosage to 65mg and soap is starting to taste like soap and likewise unappealing!!! I started taking Iron 3 weeks ago and have had less cravings. Im...
    suddenurges suddenurges 26-30, F Feb 25

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    I Chew Sponge

    I have been chewing on sponge since i was about 10. It then went away for ages and came back my first pregnancy when i was 18. Im now 24 with 3 kids and still am chewing sponges. My favorite place to be is the bath were im in my element. Just the rustle of a brand new pack of...
    Chazhavnfun Chazhavnfun 22-25 26 Responses Jul 13, 2009

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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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    I thought I was the only one with this problem.

    I haven't noticed much by way of side effects, except better breath! LOL! I prefer Calument. I've been eating baking powder for about a year now. I thought it was weird and hid it from my family,but I got caught by my son and had to come clean. I guess I go through about a can...
    kporter90 kporter90 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 24

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    Am I The Only One...?

    well, i dont know when it all started, but i know the first thing i tried was drywall/plaster (sorry, i dont really know the difference). i would eat it everyday in small amounts for a few years. & i always had cravings for certain smells like gasoline, black shoe polish, comet...
    ladida123 ladida123 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 30, 2010

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    Pica

    I am 33 years old and since I was a teenager I have had the urge to pull at the carpets and eat it I then went on to the filling from soft toys. my mind tells me I should not be doing it but I cant help my self.
    mum03 mum03 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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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 99 Responses Jun 30, 2009

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    I Eat Perlite

    I feel so weird writing this. I eat perlite, the white stuff you add to earth. I soak it and prepare it and add it to soil, then eat it seperate from the soil. I have been doing this for years. I used to eat soil from a very young age, something about the gritty texture really...
    MrsGis MrsGis 36-40 17 Responses Feb 5, 2011

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    Right Now Its Soap.

    It all started when I was a kid I'd love the smell of mothballs in my grandmothers house. When I was old enough I bought a box to smell at first but I loved the smell so much it wasn't long before I started to put them in mouth. At some point I became embarrassed by the lingering...
    suddenurges suddenurges 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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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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    I Crave... a Lot.

    Every since the first time I ate dirt, I knew that my taste buds would want more. When I was five years old, I ate my first fist full of red dirt, it was so tasty and it melted in my mouth. I remembered getting yelled at by my grandmother for eating it that one time, and after...
    edible edible 18-21, F 18 Responses Jul 28, 2009

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    Here It Goes Again...

    I have tried to keep my mind off of eating the red-clay dirt. I can't, for 2 weeks I have not ate it, and so I thought why not start eating chalk again, and I went and bought some, BUT it didn't taste the way the red-clay taste or it didn't fulfill my taste buds. Like, I have...
    edible edible 18-21, F 14 Responses Jul 29, 2009

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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 1 Response Feb 27, 2012

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    I Think I Have Pica

    I eat baby powder+ sometimes get addicted to sand, I don't know how to tell my mom because I told one of my closest friends and she thought it was all a joke+ I told my best friend but he doesn't understand he thinks it's weird.. So because of this I don't know how to tell anyone...
    Groovy15 Groovy15 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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    Rocks Are Yummy

    I want to eat rocks....I lick them (after cleaning them) and shave bits off to lick off....I don't know why but the smell of dirt makes my mouth water....MMMmmmmmm
    Jjacqemain Jjacqemain 41-45, F 18 Responses Aug 2, 2008

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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 83 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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