I Have Pica

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 94 People

    Ice My Addiction

    I eat ice. Allot of ice and when I don't have it I crave it bad. I get "sodas" at my school and fill the cup entirely with ice. They have the best ice. It is long and thin and crunches easily. I love the feeling of swallowing little shards of ice. At home I am constantly filling...
    rainbowdasher rainbowdasher
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 24, 2013

    I am a chronic ice eater.

    I am very picky about my ice. I prefer and must have crushed ice. I have purchased a ninja blender, and it blends it just perfectly. I eat it year round. I dont care how cold it is outside. As a matter of fact im eating some now while sitting in front of a heater.
    AquariusandLeoLove AquariusandLeoLove
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2014

    Pretty sure this falls under pica.

    I eat scabs.. I know it sounds gross and I'm super embarrassed for saying anything about it, but it's kind of relieving admitting it. Mostly I eat the scabs off my head after I discovered it could be easily hidden, it also makes hair cuts embarrassing.
    scarling64 scarling64
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2014

    I Have Pica?

    i nelieve i have pica. i wat my hair. its like a nervous habit. i will stay up at night until i fall asleep doing it. it gets in my teeth.. i dont pull it out i eat it. i think i have split ends and or it feels weird or funny and i bite it off and chew it. im afraid i might...
    NDIAZ71982 NDIAZ71982
    31-35, F
    May 7, 2013

    First yes, my doctor has officially diagnosed

    me with Pica, and second, yes, I have anemia. It all started in July of 2014, after I got surgery to receive my peritoneal catheter for home-based dialysis. I live in dry, dry Texas, so instead of dirt, we practically have sand here. I started eating just a pinch at first, but...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2015

    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
    May 13, 2013

    Pica

    I like to eat white out and pour it on ice chips & eat the covered ice idk what it is about it but the taste is just... Hmmm it's hard to explain lol but it's good it should also be noted that I am anemic and am on dialysis too so I obviously have iron defiency my pica actually...
    Db515 Db515
    18-21, M
    Jan 5, 2013

    My Name is Holly and I am currently directing a

    documentary about Pica for a UK broadcaster. We are filming with a number of cases in both the UK and the USA to help understand how the condition affects the lives of those who live with it. the difficulties in getting it diagnosed and available treatment. If you would like...
    Hbourne Hbourne
    26-30, F
    Feb 16

    Hello, My name is Lindsay

    and I'm a researcher at The Connected Set TV, we're an award winning, next generation independent production company. We're currently working on a new ground breaking series for a major Irish broadcaster which tackles the stigma around body image, eating disorders and people's...
    LindsayTCS LindsayTCS
    26-30, F
    Mar 9

    my first time trying cornstarch was today ,

    i really dont like the taste but i like the feeling of it in my mouth . i also made some cornstarch chunk but i honestly dont think ill eat them . i LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat chalk and flour . i love flour when its cold . i also like baby powder.. i like the baby powder w/ the talc...
    ogkenn ogkenn
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jul 21, 2014

    I remember being in 5th grade

    and I had this obsession with Comet. I would always smell Comet and eventually I began to eat it. I started eating small portions then I would pour large portions in my mouth from the can. In 6th grade my mom would always use this bath blue salt mineral type product when she...
    AllyMcG AllyMcG
    18-21, F
    Mar 29, 2014

    This is something no one in my life knows about

    because I feel like they'll all think I'm ****** up in the head haha Even though I know it's more common than people think. I honestly don't know when exactly this started, but it began with ice when I was iron deficient anemic. That was my main symptom and I have since taken...
    turtlezero turtlezero
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2013

    I always loved the smell of the rain

    and the smell of the soil after it rained and I've always wondered how that tasted. It began in 7th grade when I first had my pica craving. We made sculptures in art class using clay, and the smell of the clay made me salivate. I had to try some and once I did I couldn't stop...
    hotchetto13 hotchetto13
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

    Iv'e had pica pretty much my whole life.

    It started innocent i was a baby but grew and grew has i got older. i started off eating baby powder, i stopped foe awhile but once i got my own room i slowly picked it up .I don't knot why though, curiosity i guess. I started eating ajax as a supplement when i didn't have baby...
    MiloLove3 MiloLove3
    18-21, F
    May 10, 2015

    My Deepest Secret

    I have never shared this problem with anyone in my life...not even in my writings. I don't know when this started maybe when I was eleven...and I just turned 16. I eat my hair. I don't know why , and I don't know how to stop. Just the feeling of it...
    Crossmyheart Crossmyheart
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 8, 2008

    I grew up near a dusty road

    so I love smelling dust a lot. Since I moved, access to dust has been difficult. I know empty the dust in the vacuum cleaner and inhale it. I also like eating baked clay. My mouth is watering thinking about that. I just love it.
    Linzy5 Linzy5
    26-30, F
    Sep 28, 2014

    Ever Since I Saw .....

    Ever since I saw The Grinch eating glass bottles I wanted to eat them. Also, I want to eat sand. Like the texture would release stress but the feeling of grit on my teeth would be unpleasant. I think I have pica but this isn't listed under the objects animals with pica eat or...
    CocoMocoCoco CocoMocoCoco
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 21, 2013

    I Think I Have Pica Disorder

    For a couple of years now I've been craving the most bizarre things. I like to chew on towels, eat fairy liquid bubbles and the thought of tasting some washing up powder makes my mouth water. Why do you thinik this is? Does anyone else have similar cravings?..I did some research...
    bbblbabe bbblbabe
    18-21
    Aug 9, 2010

    i have a weird craving

    for objects that can hurt me such as nails, pushpins, magnets, razor blades, needles, and batteries. i have swallowed 3 nails, 8 pushpins, 4 razors, 3 needles, at least 15 magnets and over 40 batteries. i have had to have over half of this stuff removed via upper GI endoscopy, 3...
    ashleymarieferguson ashleymarieferguson
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2014

    Eat/Chew Cotton

    I dont know why but i like to chew on cotton, i do it when im stressed or even after a good meal. its so weird... i remember i started when i was around the age of 13 maybe.... i eat the corners of blankets ... i even like chewing on sponge. i used to swallow balls of cotton...
    fudgeknows fudgeknows
    26-30
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2013

    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
    Oct 30, 2013

    Dutch Magazine

    Hi all! For a Dutch psychology magazine (Quest Psychologie) I'd like to talk to two or three people who suffer from pica. I'm in search for personal stories in addition to the general information about the disease. No photos are needed and even your name can remain anonymous...
    IsmayQ IsmayQ
    26-30, F
    Jul 8, 2013

    Red Dirt Fanatic

    I am a 40 year old female who loves red dirt.. I dream about it day & night. When I was 8, I was playing outside and ate red clay. It was magical!! The only problem was; it was kinda gummy and left evidence on my lips. I quickly moved to red dirt and thought the world had...
    reddirtforsale reddirtforsale
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 27, 2012

    Plastic Fantastic

    Ever since I was little iv always found myself chewing on plastic but it was only in the past few years I notice myself doing it a lot more. I don't even notice I'm doing it anymore and iv found myself chewing the same piece of plastic for up to 16 hrs (whilst sleeping). My...
    AloneRanger95 AloneRanger95
    18-21
    Jul 27, 2013

    I Cant Help But To Eat Soap

    Im 18. I honestly thought i was the only one who deals with it. My addiction to soap is crazy. It relaxes me and it taste so good! Exspecially with some sweet foods like brownies, or my favorite waffles and eggs! I get so paranoid that one day someone like my parents or...
    wla49 wla49
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 11, 2013

    Do I Have Pica?

    When I was little, I was chewing sponges. After I stop doing that I started to chew towels. Now as a grown up person i finished with sponges and towels, but I am eating ice all the time. I thing that I am addicted to it. So my question is, do I have pica, and how can i get rid of...
    Bony1301 Bony1301
    22-25, F
    Sep 26, 2009

    Suffering With Pica For Years

    I have had pica for at least seven years or perhaps longer. I am a twenty year old college student who lives in New York City. I chew and spit ajax and I also compulsively chew ice. I would also probably chew sand if I had the opportunity. I have chewed and spit out other...
    cybergirl5 cybergirl5
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 20, 2010

    Pica is a pattern of eating non‑food

    materials, such as dirt or paper. For a while now I have been eating (clean!) toilet paper, loose leaf paper, paper from my books. It's just such a strong need to eat it. I have started eating huge chunks of ice and hurting my teeth with it. Eating these items are making me...
    StubbornPrincessa StubbornPrincessa
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 20, 2014

    I Think I Might Have Pica....

    For the past couple of months have been having very weird cravings, I have been wanting to eat powdery substances. For example, sand, flower, sugar, coffee creamer, coffee grounds, detergents, baking powder/soda, and similar things. The sand part has been for years but I have...
    Ovella Ovella
    18-21
    4 Responses Jul 20, 2011
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