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my very strange eatinghabit is that i eat dry wall. This has been going on every since about 2 maybe 3 years . It started one day when i had seen a crack in the wall. Then the next time i looked there was a piece that fell out so i tried it.Well every since then i have been pulling up the drywall. My father has replaced it twice but i cant stop. I need help but my parents dont understand they keep yelling at me for this.I even told them about my addiction.Please tell me what i should do doctor
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replied June 25th, 2009
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Remind yourself that this could be causing you some problems with health down the road. Drywall is NOT for eating. Just tell yourself it contains possible toxins, and if you continue this unsusal and potentially dangerous habit, you might want to talk to a professional medical person. You have no idea what they are putting in there, but some drywalls that are being imported from overseas are causing horrible mold problems for the housing industry.
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replied June 28th, 2009
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raven53 wrote:
Remind yourself that this could be causing you some problems with health down the road. Drywall is NOT for eating. Just tell yourself it contains possible toxins, and if you continue this unsusal and potentially dangerous habit, you might want to talk to a professional medical person. You have no idea what they are putting in there, but some drywalls that are being imported from overseas are causing horrible mold problems for the housing industry.


I do agree, you should seek some specialist. I once met someone who liked to eat fabric. It was not for eating, but there was something about it that made that person love it, but it eventualy started causing problems. The specialist said that the best would be to fully stop doing it, but to make it easy, to swap it for something else that had resemblances. Have you ever tried it?
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replied June 28th, 2009
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You have pica, a persistent craving to eat nonfood items. I have known people who eat cornstarch and ice. It occurs in children most often but pregnant women sometimes experience such cravings also. People with pica frequently crave and consume nonfood items such as:

•dirt
•clay
•paint chips
•plaster
•chalk
•cornstarch
•laundry starch
•baking soda
•coffee grounds
•cigarette ashes
•burnt match heads
•cigarette butts
•feces
•ice
•glue
•hair
•buttons
•paper
•sand
•toothpaste
•soap
It is believed that a vitamin or mineral deficiency leads to pica. Since you are a female, the culprit could be an iron deficiency. You should get bloodwork done and take an iron supplement if this is the problem. Please let your parents know that this is not simply a bad behavior but a physical compulsion, much like craving a certain food.
For more information, you can check out this link.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit /nutrition/pica.html#
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replied July 29th, 2009
your not alone
I Have The Same eating habit and i try so hard to stop now that im having a baby it hard not to eat it so i try to by chalk so that i will not eat drywall some one please help me.
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replied December 30th, 2009
I have the exact same problem. I ate a whole bunch of chalk and when it was done, i ate plaster until it was done. Soon, i began tearing down the walls to eat the drywall out of it and my doctor simply told me to take vitamins (even though it didnt help). Eventually, I started eating more and more of it at a time and I knew I had to stop. So now every time I have an urge to eat some, I just chew some gum or eat something sweet to get rid of the craving.
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replied July 20th, 2010
i eat dry wall
i have the same problem i eat drywall,dirt and sand i don't know how to stop i get a craving for twice a day or more so i eat my walls in4 my bedroom and my parents get mad at me... i say that i just get mad and wreck my walls just cuz im mad but i don't do that i just eat and eat until my craving goes away
someone plz help
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replied August 1st, 2010
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Hi Danielle,

Please be honest with your parents and tell them that you have the need to eat the dry wall. Tell them you need help.

Also, you can try going to a local health center on your own and asking for a nurse. Tell her the problem. She should be able to give you the right doctor to talk to Smile
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replied August 10th, 2010
This is really a disturbing habit. You should definitely seek the help of your doctor on this. Remember that dry wall should not be eaten at any cost. Doing so may just give you health problems in the end.
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replied August 17th, 2010
I love eating drywall
I eat drywall and enjoy it. I'm not asking for help I just wanted to let you guys know I'm happy eating drywall.
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replied August 18th, 2010
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1968lola,

You do know that eating drywall is bad for you, though, right?
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replied November 18th, 2010
Same Here
I eat drywall to and while I do enjoy the taste I want to stop because it cannot possibly be healthy. Ive talked to a doctor and they gave me iron pills but they haven't made me stop. Has anyone else found a solution that works because i just cannot stop.
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replied May 18th, 2011
I have the same problem but scared people will think Iam crazy, right now I have a large hole in my bedroom wall
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replied July 20th, 2011
This will be a lot easier to resolve with help. If this was simply about a preference, the risks would keep you from engaging in eating drywall (or other non-food items). The drywall you are consuming may contain arsenic, lead, mercury,fiberglass, mildew retardants, gypsum crystal and (in older drywall) asbestos.

A psychiatrist can provide a medical evaluation, referral to an internist and/or therapist and medication to manage this compulsion.
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replied July 21st, 2011
it is not a big problem,when u thing u eat wall.that time u keep touch with some dry food:
chips
Other wise you can console with doctor that can so;ve your problem.
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replied July 21st, 2011
please tell me your age,that is most necessary.....
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replied December 11th, 2011
I have had the problem of eating drywall for years and thankfully I have not done so since the beginning of this year....people who have commented are right, it most likely is pica, however my doctors and counselors have informed me that it can be related to some type of depression along with vitamin deficiency because I was suffering from depression as well.

It is not an easy task but it is like any other addiction and it is a problem that should be stopped. I still crave it and I even had dreams about eating the drywall but I have to fight hard to stay away from it. Use a eatable substitution as a previous person stated...or when you find yourself going for some immediately find something else to do. Trust you feel better when you stop.
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replied December 13th, 2011
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Hi DayBrake and welcome to ehealth: Thanks for the great post and encouragement to posters who have this problem...You are so right, it is not an easy task...However, as you say trust yourself...You will feel much better both mentally and physically once you have rid yourself of this habit...Take care...

Caroline
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replied January 9th, 2012
yo i know what your talking about. i have dystroyed my house from eating drywall. i didnt eat all of the drywall in our kitchen but through the space of two to two and a half years i ate all the drywall on the peice of board. you know how there is eices of wood everyonce in a while spacing the walls? well i ate from the top of the sheet all the way down the board to the bottom. then i went to the other end and started agin. when i was about halfway up the otherside my parents ripped it out and threw it away. the cravings were still there though. you dont have to worry about getting sick. i have had pica now for 5 years and i am not sick. what you need to do to keep from getting sick is dont be stupid and put anything into your mouth. look for drywall that has no fibers in it. there have been people that ate dirt and clay and even rocks for many generations. what you gotta tell your parents is that you have pica. just sit them down and tell them about how you feel when you get the cravings for drywall. i know it is scary because it was scary for me also when i first did it. but if you ever need anyone to talk to about your pica contact me. i know pica is a hard thing to deal with and it can be embarrasing to deal with but like i said its normal. you need certain metals in your body and mabey eating drywall helps. i know it certainly helps me feel better to go to the wall and pick off a peice. the feeling of chewing it. and when it crumbles in my mouth. idk it makes me feel better. but like i said. you have nothing to be ashamed of. there are more people out there suffering from pica then we know... i just wanna help when i can.
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replied March 16th, 2012
Pica
I can relate to having pica. My issue was with drywall. I had been eating it for about 3 years off and on. I am aware of the possible dangers if consumed so I decided to chew it and once it was totally dissolved I would spit it out. I came to realize the cravings come due to low micronutrient in the body. The desire for the taste and texture develops over time from use. Recently I have started taking iron supplements and I no longer crave dry wall unless I am in the laundry room, where they drywall is already broken and easy to get too. Like any habit that needs to be broken, figure out why the need? Believe me, dry wall or whatever the craving is substituting for something that you need. In my case I do believe it was low iron. So for those that have this type of issue dont feel embarrassed or ashamed we all cope differently. Be smart in knowing that your substitute is not going to cause you side effects in the long run to stop a craving in the short run. It could cause issues with your colon, blood, liver and or kidney; these are just the obvious. The body is an amazing system that is built to correct imbalances (Homeostasis) but after a while with age these defence mechanism(s) do weaken. So try to get a handle on it sooner than later; speak to an herbalist. In response to an earlier post that "there have been people that ate dirt and clay and even rocks for many generations" just keep in mind that the ingredients found in our soils today are contaminated with lot of unnatural manmade chemicals.
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