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Transcript of PICA
Pica is an eating disorder that involves eating items that are not typically thought of as food and that do not contain significant nutritional value, such as hair, dirt, and paper.
Pica often occurs with other mental health disorders associated with impaired functioning
For example: intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia
It most likely is more prevalent in developing countries.
Pica can affect children, adolescents, and adults of any genders as well
testing for mineral or nutrient deficiencies and correcting those. In a lot of cases, concerning eating behaviors disappear as deficiencies are corrected
testing for mineral or nutrient deficiencies and correcting those. In many cases, concerning eating behaviors disappear as deficiencies are corrected
Dieting and malnourishment can both lead to pica. In these cases, eating non-food items can lead the sufferer to feel full.
Some people may enjoy and crave the textures or flavors of certain nonfood items. In some cultures, eating clay a form of pica called geophagia is an accepted behavior.
Chewing ice may cause abnormal wear on teeth.
Eating clay may cause constipation.
Swallowing metal objects may lead to bowel perforation.
Consuming lead can lead to kidney damage and mental retardation.
Iron-deficiency anemia, malnutrition & pregnancy. For these people; pica is a sign that the body is trying to correct a significant nutrient deficiency.
Signs & Symptoms
Typical substances ingested tend to vary with age and availability. They may include paper, soap, cloth, hair, string, wool, soil, chalk, talcum powder, paint, gum, metal, pebbles, charcoal, ash, clay, starch, or ice.
It is seen more often in young children than adults – between 10 and 32% of children 1-6 have these behaviors, according to the US National Library of Medicine
In-patient stays for an eating disorder called pica has increased very fast by 93% since 1999
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Lakeville Behavioral Health 10535 165th St W Lakeville, Minnesota 55044 Call Mr. Dale Lokkesmoe (952) 435-0022