Paper eating...

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by DaisyFace, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Well, here's a new one...

    I guess not really new, I've just finally caught her in the act.

    difficult child is eating paper. Regular notebook paper. By the strip...

    Not sure how long it's been going on--I've often seen her eating or chewing something, couldn't tell what it was--but when I ask what's she's eating she says "Nothing"

    Today, she didn't know I was watching and there she was--eating long strips of paper.


  2. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thats called Pica. Another thing to bring up with psychiatrist. Sigh. Big problem.
  3. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Never heard of "pica"...

    I'll have to Google it.

  4. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Oye. Don't know how you address that one but hopefully your psychiatrist will have some ideas.

    I remember my surprise when difficult child 2 was in 3rd or 4th grade and shared with me that he'd been eating ants at school. That's right, ANTS. He said they were crawling up the trunk of a tree and he decided he'd give them a try. He did it a few times before he decided that was enough (!)

    And back when we had him on Risperdal and stimulants (before we knew what was going on) he revealed to me that he'd taken food from the trash can at school and eaten because he was still hungry after he ate his own lunch. (He was pretty ravenous back then because of his medications).

    Just wanted to let you know that we've had strange eating habits here, too.
  5. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    I had a thing from my late tweens/early teens where I would tear off the corners of magazines and the like and eat them.

    Unlike the skin picking I also did (and still do), which is related to anxiety levels, I can find NO relation in my case between the paper eating and anything that I had going on emotionally.

    I never did it to a "real" book, or to a library book or the like, just to my magazines and stuff.

    These days I'd consider damaging a book intentionally to be something akin to spitting in the nave of a cathedral
  6. Bean

    Bean Member

    There was a show on MTV True Life (I think) where they had people with different issues. I remember one of them ate toilet paper. She'd keep it in her purse. I think she was up to like a roll a day.