What is pica?
Anorexia and bulimia are usually what initially come to mind when thinking about eating disorders. However, other eating disorders exist, such as pica. Most people are not familiar with this disorder and lack information and education. Magnolia Creek is not only knowledgeable in understanding pica, but are also proficient at implementing effective treatment.
It is important to understand that the presentation of pica as an eating disorder is vastly different from anorexia and bulimia. Pica does not involve food but rather eating nonfood items or items without nutritional value. Some examples of objects that are eaten may include clay, dirt, hair, ice, metal pieces, paint chips, paper, and soap. Most of these items are unhealthy and can cause significant health problems. The condition is a sign that the body is malnourished and trying to correct a critical nutrient deficiency. An example, of this may be anemia after pregnancy. Pica has also been associated with mental health conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.