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Do I Have Pica?

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I have been wondering this for a while now, because I have a weird habit of eating things off of my body. I don’t eat like, soap or rocks or paper or anything, but I eat like, scabs, dandruff, boogers and eye mucus.i am concerned because I do not know what it could do to my body by eating this stuff. I have been doing it for as long as I can remember and I’m 18 years old now and still doing it. I would see a doctor about it but have no insurance or money to do so. Could I get someone’s honest opinion please?? Thank you to all.

Do I Have Pica?

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Anxiety may be the underlying cause here rather than pica. Just as when people bite their nails or pick their skin, stress and anxiety may be at the root of it. You may want to explore meditation or regular exercise as a way of coping if therapy isn’t an option.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Do I Have Pica?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Do I Have Pica?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 19, 2019, from
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