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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. 770 People

    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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    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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    I chew on crushed ice CONSTANTLY.

    Not sure if you classify this as having Pica but I feel as if it is uncontrollable, and I'm not sure if it is iron related or not.
    lostndelirious lostndelirious 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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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 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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    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 3 Responses Apr 3

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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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    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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    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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    Hey everyone! Thank you

    so much for sharing your stories! I am doing a research project on the practice of pica during pregnancy, and would love to interview anyone who is interested in sharing their pica journey with me. It will all be confidential, and you can share as much/little as you would like...
    snowflakesintown snowflakesintown 18-21, F Jun 20

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    I am 26 and have been struggling with pica

    for 20 years. When I was a kid (6 years old) I started to eat the stuffing out of couches. It started off as a little here and there but then the urge became so powerful that I would eat myself to sicknesd. I at so much that I had to be taken to the hospital to have my stomach...
    keepitlikeasecret keepitlikeasecret 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 5

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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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    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 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 109 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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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 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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    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 5 days ago

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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 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 3, 2014

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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 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 3 Responses Mar 28

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    I'm looking for a little insight on Pica.

    I myself do not believe I have Pica but I believe my three year-old daughter does. Literally EVERYTHING she touches she tries to eat and if she can't get it in her mouth she licks it. I noticed it this past summer when every time we were playing in the dirt outside she would...
    kasirae3192 kasirae3192 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 2

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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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    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

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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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    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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    my name is cyerra and im only 16 i started

    eatting baking soda when i was 14 and i love it so much but my mom found out and stop buying it and my bidy was craving so bad for it so i started eatting oxi clean carpet freshner when i turned 15 and i love it so much more then baking soda its not good for me and my boyfriend...
    Cyerra16 Cyerra16 16-17, F May 20

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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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    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 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 61 Responses Feb 21, 2010

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    I was diagnosed bk in 2005,

    I eat flour right out of the bag.. I really wanna stop because I am eating it more and more I am up to 4 lbs a week I know its doing something to my body. My old doc said I have iron anemia (severe) and that's why I am eating it.. if you have a problem like mine and got rid of...
    vishlia vishlia 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 6

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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 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 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 Jun 15

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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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    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 214 Responses Feb 6, 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 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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    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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 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 Jun 12, 2014

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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 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 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 2 Responses Apr 3

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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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    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 31-35 103 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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