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What is Pica?

Pica is a rare of behavior characterized by eating non-food materials. Pica may be associated with behavioral and developmental disorders. Some research suggests that the disorder is a specific craving caused by a mineral deficiency, such as iron deficiency.

What is it like to have Pica?

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Pica and its symptoms?

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Who has Pica on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 5
30s 3
40s 0
50s 0
60s 0
70+ 0


Distribution of females vs. males

78% Females
22% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from Pica patients who have completed their condition history
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