What types of eating disorder is pica?

Eat non-food things. This is a specific disorder requiring the consumption of non-nutritive substances for at least a month, it is not developmentally expected or appropriate for that person, it is not socially sanctioned in their culture. It may occur in someone with another mental health disorder. It can be triggered by iron deficiency and by other causes. It should be evaluated and treated by a medical professional.

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How can I know if I have the pica eating disorder?

What do U eat? Pica is simply the craving for & consumption of non food items. In infants this may be dirt or paint chips etc.Older kids & adults may branch off into paper, small objects, bits of plastic etc. Junk food does not qualify. The downside of pica is the possibility this undigestible material will block the gut & require surgical removal of a jumbled mass. Read more...
If you eat nonfood. Pica by definition is the eating of non-nutratitive subsances. If this is something you have issues with, then you have pica. Read more...

Why do I always have problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations?

Therapy. Pica can be seen in iron deficiency, anemia, but does not sound like this is the cause in your case. Cognitive behavioral therapy with or without the use of medications should be tried. Other therapies may be helpful if this may be part of a bigger disorder. If not officially diagnosed this needs to be done first. Start with your primary to get referral. Read more...

I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! What can I do I've tried everything?

What have you tried? Certainly counseling along with appropriate medication is a good idea. In children developmental disorders can be associated with pica, in adolescents depression and substance abuse are often part of pica. Pregnancy may have pica associated with it causing cravings for clay or starch. Iron and zinc deficiencies can lead to pica. Anorexia nervosa, autism and schizophrenia can also. Keep trying. Read more...
Seek consultation. As previously noted this can reflect developmental issues, but also sometimes medical issues. Its more commonly seen in children. A thorough medical and probably a pediatric neurological consult would be well advised with further follow up with psychiatry and maybe a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric or health psychology for behavioral interventions. Read more...

Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Possibly. Multiple eating disorders can be diagnosed in the same patient. Pica, however is more commonly seen alone & can indicate your diet is not providing nutrients needed for your body - maybe because of improper diet, maybe because of an undiagnosed disease, or any number of reasons. Blood work & "detective" work on your non-food cravings by your md can help figure the cause & find a solution. Read more...