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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. 830 People

    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 87 Responses Dec 5, 2008

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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, 2015

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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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    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 2 Responses Jul 13, 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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 31-35 118 Responses Jun 30, 2009

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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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    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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    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 52 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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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 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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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 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 2 days ago

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