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For promotion and discussion of Pica, DSM-IV TR category 307.52:

"The essential feature of Pica is the eating of one or more nonnutritive substances on a persistent basis for a period of at least 1 month (Criterion A). The typical substances ingested tend to vary with age. Infants and younger children typically eat paint, plaster, string, hair or cloth. Older children may eat animal droppings, sand, insects, leaves, or pebbles. Adolescents and adults may consume clay or soil. There is no aversion to food. This behavior must be developmentally inappropriate (Criterion B) and not part of a culturally sanctioned practice (Criterion C). [except for our own subculture, of course! --ed.] The eating of nonnutritive substances is an associated feature of other mental disorders (e.g., Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Mental Retardation). If the eating behavior occurs during the course of another mental disorder, a separate diagnosis of Pica should be made only if the eating behavior is sufficiently severe to warrant independent clinical attention (Criterion D)."

Soon to come: inspirational Pica photos, stories, and perhaps the rest of the DSM-IV TR's Pica section, including associated features, specific culture, age, and gender features, prevalence, course, and diferential diagnosis!!!

Have fun!!!!!
--delmonte, moderator

(BTW this community is to show support for those who suffer from pica. So no anti-pica trolling!)

(BTW also I listed some other eating disorders as interests, in case there are any comorbids out there... morby's a harsh mistress...)
animal droppings, anorexia, bulimia, clay, cloth, dirt, eating, eating disorders, food, hair, hair ball tumors, insects, intestinal obstruction, intestinal perforation, lack of parental supervision, leaves, low calorie, low fat, mechanical bowel problems, mineral deficiencies, nonnutritive substances, paint, pebbles, pica, plaster, pro-ana, pro-mia, pro-pica, sand, soil, string, vitamin deficiencies