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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. 781 People

    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 Jun 29

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    toiletpapereatter toiletpapereatter 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 19

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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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    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

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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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    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

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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 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'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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 1 Response Jun 21

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 110 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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 am addicted to chewing on cardboard.

    My favorite type is the subscription inserts in magazines, but when I get boxes in the mail from online shopping, I'll rip those apart and eat them too. My husband doesn't know, and I know he'd freak out if he found out about it. It makes sense that I would have Pica, because...
    dixiedaisy77 dixiedaisy77 31-35, F Jul 13

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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 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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 Apr 5

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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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    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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    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 31-35 104 Responses Aug 3, 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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    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'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 13-15, T 2 days ago

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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 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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    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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