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Person With A Chalk Eating Addiction
I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Prevent it??: If you have it already, you can't prevent it. If you are asking how to stop the "pica" (the medical word for eating things that aren't food), first see your primary care provider. It can be associated with iron deficiency, and a physical check up is in order. Second, get a referral to a mental health provider who can help you find the cause and treatment of this problem. ...Read more
See your doctor: Baking soda has no nutritional value but one serving which is one teaspoon can contain 1260 mg of sodium. So your body may be lacking in salt. You should see a doctor for tests to see if you do have low sodium in your blood. Some people do have disorders of eating substances like clay, chalk, ice, etc. You should also see a psychiatrist if it continues and you have no lab abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a strange addiction to eating coffee grounds throughout the day. I stopped for a while, but the urge has returned. Is this harmful?
How's the iron level: It is interesting that you say you have iron deficiency; the urge to eat odd things like ice or chalk or even dirt can be a sign of iron or other mineral deficiency. It's called 'pica' and given your history i would definitely get your iron level checked. It can also occur in pregnancy but i would assume that's not your situation. Sometimes ocd or obsessive compulsive disorders are the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an addiction to eating flour. Yes, baking flour, right out of the bag. I crave it all the time. It's hard for me to stop. What should I do?
I'm over weight and have an eating problem.I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but i can't cause the food addiction.Who can help me?
Ask to speak with: A therapist who specializes in eating disorders. It issue is only part of the problem. A therapist can help upu make healthy life changes (exercise and diet). Keeping track of everything you eat with an app on your phone can help ( it's a simple behavioral modificaton technique). The book, making peace with food, can also help, good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Take Metformin: Metformin is an Insulin receptor sensitizer. It is a virtual "metabolic rejuvenator, " with multiple beneficial effects. When taken in doses ranging from 1, 000-2, 000 mg per day, carb cravings are quickly overcome. Although it requires a prescription in the U.S., it can be legally purchased and imported from mail-order international pharmacies without a prescription. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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