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    Old 11-30-2003, 10:21 PM   #1
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    What is PICA? Am i using the right name for it? I think it means chewing (eating) clay-like materials and some are worse. Can someone tell me about it? And why does it happen?

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    Old 12-01-2003, 06:05 AM   #2
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    Re: Pica?

    Pica is actually the craving/eating of non-nutritive substances. It is a diagnosis in the DSM. It is often caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency, but it can also be a purely psychological craving. The deficiency is rarely related to anything contained in the thing that is craved.

    Old 12-08-2003, 10:24 AM   #3
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    I used to eat chalk as a child, I had huge cravings for it, in later life i put this down to not liking milk so my body needed some other form of calcium...

    Old 12-08-2003, 12:08 PM   #4
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    I have b12 anaemia and the doc pointed out that my tendency to eat paper was a pica

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