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Posted by social worker on July 07, 2000 at 12:53:58:

In Reply to: This is an EMBARRASSING problem, I cant believe I'm talking about... posted by Don'tWannaSay on July 06, 2000 at 17:16:11:

: I have the most weirdest problem, I have got to be psychotic because this is NOT normal. I CRAVE and eat chalk. Like school chalk. ALOT of it. I mean I eat it as if it were actual FOOD, I even have brands of chalk that I prefer because the taste. I already kno I have anemia, and I am takin vitamins for that, but I crave it so badly all the time and I have to eat some. I didnt even really pay attention to this problem until today, when I got CAUGHT eating it, which was extremely embarrassing and it finally made me realize that HELLO, this is NOT normal behavior. OMG what is wrong with me?? I feel so stupid.

Don't feel stupid. You are not. You may have something called Pica, which usually begins in infancy and can last througout adulthood (it's rare in adults). How long has this been going on? There could be a medical reason this is happening. Do you still crave food? The other possibilities are pregancy (if this just started), other physical disorders, or something called Kleine-Levin syndrome, but I'm not sure what that is so I will look it up and get back to you. Regardless, please see your medical doctor immediately. I don't think eating chalk is life threatening but there could be some other physical area that needs attention and it certainly sounds disconcerting for you.

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