Pica can occur in people at any age, but it is most common in women who are pregnant, young children and those who have disabilities such as autism or learning difficulties. There is not a lot known about pica or it’s causes but it has been related to iron and mineral deficiencies, even though the object may not have the mineral within it that the sufferer is deficient in.
At The Bridge we understand that pica can cause significant psychological and physical distress. We believe that a holistic approach involves helping an individual tackle the root of the pica, whilst working on the disordered eating behaviours.
The signs and symptoms of pica disorder are quite obvious, as they will be eating objects that are not considered appropriate and/or contain no nutritional content. However, due to embarrassment or anxiety, sufferers may hide what they are eating from family and loved ones. Depending on what the person with pica is digesting, side effects can range from stomach aches, to headaches, to brain damage in children, if an individual has pica disorder, it is important to get help.
If you would like help or more information on pica disorder please contact us.
We have a team of mental health practitioners that are trained with pica and the associated nutritional deficiencies that those with pica can present with.
If you would like to find out what treatment our team of mental health nurses, psychologists, and dietitians can provide please contact us.
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