How toilet paper addiction is affecting your life

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How toilet paper addiction is affecting your life

How toilet paper addiction is affecting your life


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November 18, 2014


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toiletpaperIf you’re struggling with toilet paper eating addiction, you are not alone. There are thousands of others who looking at ways of dealing with this problem. Some people eat few sheets in a day, while there are others who eat entire roll in a day. People, who are addicted to eating toilet paper, may not enjoy eating normal food because of their addiction. Many online forums and answers website say that eating toilet paper is safe and there are not side effects of eating toilet. This information is not true and people who eat toilet paper may have to deal with long-term health problems.

What is Pica?

Pica is addiction of eating objects and substances, like paint, paper, chemicals, paint, and dirt that don’t have nutritional value. Craving for non-food items isn’t safe as it is an indication that you are suffering from an underlying health problem. If you are suffering from toilet paper eating addiction, it is best that you consult your doctor. Your doctor may suggest blood which will help in finding out the possible deficiencies you are suffering from. Usually, mineral deficiency is a reason for such cravings.

“Pica” comes from a Latin word which means magpie, a bird that eats almost anything. The craving for non-food items is extensive in people who suffer from Pica. Some people crave for paper while others crave for dirt, mud, chalk, and glue. Craving for powdery consistencies like sand, baking soda, ashes and talc is also not uncommon.

Diagnosis of Pica

If a person suffers from pica, medical evaluation of the person is important. Some of the problems that pica can cause include intestinal blockages, anemia, and high level of toxicity in the blood. Your doctor may suggest tests and physical examination to find the side effects of addiction. A test for possible infections caused by eating items like toilet paper may also be recommended by the doctor. The doctor will also evaluate the presence of other disorders like developmental disabilities, mental retardation, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Complications Associated with Pica

Eating objects that don’t have any nutritional value, can lead to malnutrition, constipation, and blockages. Some of the other problems associated with Pica is Phytobezoar.

Phytobezoar

This is a type of trapped mass which consist of indigestible material like seeds, skins, and fibers. Phytobezoars in the stomach can be detected using endoscopic testing or barium x-ray. People, who suffer from phytobezoars, may develop symptoms like vomiting, perforation, gastric outlet obstruction, bleeding, abdominal pain, and nausea. Phytobezoar may also cause the person to retain feces to toxic levels. The trapped mass is like a ball of human hair except its toilet paper that can get stuck in the GI tract and stomach. At times, drastic increase in toxicity levels can make sweat and breathe smell feces like. Phytobezoar is also result in problems in intestine and abdominal pain.

The doctors may use endoscopy to remove this indigestible mass from the stomach. Given the risk associated with this treatment, as it can result in lead poisoning, close monitoring of the patient is important throughout the treatment. Also, cooperation of the mental health team may be required to treat pica.

Dealing with Pica

Pica usually begins at a young age. Typically pica last only for a few months, however, in some cases it can last for a few years. There is no special or specific treatment for pica. However, paying careful attention to eating your eating habits can help in preventing pica. If you have infants at home, you must supervise them and pay careful attention to their eating habits. If you can them young, you can prevent complications.

References

http://www.livestrong.com/article/502675-what-causes-pica-in-children/

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-pica

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytobezoar

Category: Addiction, Health Problems

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  1. anonymous says:

    I am 12 years old I cnt hlp eating toilette paper & ice blocks mi parents knw abwt da ice but not da toilet paper i hve stopped eating toilette paper for 2 weeks but i find myslf putting it in my mouth but then just spitting it out. Im scared something will happen to me im just tooo young

    • admin says:

      There are no known long term side effects of eating toilet paper. However, I suggest you consult a specialist to be on a safer size.

    • Joe joe says:

      The public school board has failed you so bad. While you look into this issue with toilet paper , maybe get some hooked on phonics?

  2. kedesha says:

    what if u chew toilet paper but dont swallow it?? how is that harmful

  3. Boitumelo says:

    I’m 23years old and also addicted to eating toilet paper. I simply chew on it and spit it out all day. I rarely have an appetite for food Any more . I can gp days without food. why am I doing this?

  4. Doriss says:

    Im a 46 year old female who craves clean toilet paper.i used to do when i was younger than i stopped for years but now for some reason i started back i guess my nerves are bad im going through a divorce.

  5. Stephanie bobbitt says:

    I will love some help if u can

  6. Natasha says:

    Does eating toilet paper affect the chances of pregnancy?

    • admin says:

      Hi

      There are no scientific facts to show that toilet paper affects pregnancy. However, toilet paper does contain chemicals that can harm your body.

  7. Dre says:

    I suggest to you all that instead of having the urge to eat the toilet paper, eat or chew on something else like gum or sunflower seeds, something besides toilet paper cause the chemicals made in toilet paper is harmful. And what to think to yourself is now days they gather all the uncycled paper in the dump to make toilet paper. So just imagine where was the toilet paper before u eat some. My advice, hope it works:)

  8. Zeemasa says:

    I started eating toilet paper when iwas 6yrz old ND now I’m 23 I tried to stop eating it but can’t I eat two rolls per day ND three when I’m really stressed or angry it calms me…but now have a four years old daughter she also starting eating toilet paper..ireally need help for my sake ND hers

  9. kayla says:

    What if u pregnant and u was eating tissue and could not stop?

  10. Bianca bianca says:

    I love angel soft tissue not to thick just right. I can’t help it I swallow it too. Only problem when I eat a lot at once I barely can breathe for a bit. And if I eat it before I sleep my mouth drys up I can’t breathe at night. But it hard to stay away from

  11. Deelorez Chiquillo says:

    Im 21 years old and ive eaten toilet paper since i was very young. I eat it when i have the chance to. When im home alone i normally eat about 2 rolls maybe even 3. It scares me but sometimes i dont know what itll do to me. Please help me understand what will happen if i continued esting toilet paper

  12. Heather Brogan says:

    Hi I’m 36 years old and I’ve suffered eating toilet paper for 2 years now ? I must eat a roll a day I have now been diagnosed with anemia and low thyroid is this been the cause, my anxiety level are very high too.

  13. Beca Jones says:

    Im 15 years old and I’ve had a craving for toilet paper, I can eat 3-4 clean rolls a week. Im scared somethings gonna be wrong with my body.

  14. Amelia says:

    I stopped for a really long time but used to do it often as a child but never swallowed them. Now I have started to swallow them for the past 5 or 6 months. I’m really scared I will have infection from it and i try to avoid it but i’m quite addicted to it now and find it hard to refrain from putting it in my mouth. I don’t think I have any deficiencies as I have had several blood tests to prove this.

  15. tgee34 says:

    I’m 25 I’ve been eating & sallow since I was 15 I need help to stop I can’t stop it’s taste good smells good they way it touches my tongue please help me make it stop

  16. Petro says:

    I am a 37 year old male and I cannot help but eat my girlfriends toilet paper. I don’t like it anywhere else. Only her house, that’s where it’s the best. I have tried many different ways to stop but I can’t help but loving it. I only date her because of it and I feel like a dick but what can you do when you love toilet paper more than anything in the whole world

  17. Linda says:

    Petro wtf I’m breaking up with you. You don’t even love me and for everything that I’ve done for you. I’m not a retard ok I
    Knew about your addiction but I thought you loved me. Why do you think I bought a whole cabinet of toilet paper. Baby I love you and to make you love me like you used to I’ll do anything. But fyi I can’t afford any more toilet paper. Sorry baby I still love you. Xxxxx

  18. Katie says:

    I love eating it,I only chew it though I don’t swallow it

    • admin says:

      Hi

      It is good that you don’t swallow it. However, chewing must also be avoided, as toilet paper contains chemicals that can harm you.

  19. gwendolyn says:

    I have been eating too soon since age 13 and even though I don’t see any effects and mental been diagnosed with PTSD mood disorder anxiety and I don’t know if any of these have anything to do with eating tissue I wonder if it does or if it has any effect on me and if there’s anybody out there who might know would love to know I am 47 years old right now and I’ve been eating since 13 years old

  20. Ella kiely says:

    I cant stop I really need too. Please give me a diet for this if there isvone in 12 please, please, please help me stop earing toilet paper

  21. Ella kiely says:

    Help me give me a diet for toilet paper or something please im 12 im too young

  22. Karl says:

    I’m 12 years old and my stomach hurts from eating toilet paper wat does this mean

  23. Shareea williams says:

    Hi I’m 16years old and I’m addicted to eating toilet paper every day and now I just ate another piece and my.stomach hurts really bad I don’t know what to do.

  24. Charna-Joy says:

    Im turning 18 this month and I had this craving for more then two years now. In grade 8 I stopped but when I got grade 9 it started again. I started with clean book pages. Im grade 12 now and Ive stopes with the book pages but Im still eating toiletpaper. This is going on for a few years now. Sometimes when I eat it I get stomache pains and I swear to myself not to eat it again but I just cant help myself. I can eat 2 or more roles per day. My mom knows about me eating it. All she say is that I should stop. I already tried to stop. Its not working ! I need help. Please. What should I do ?

  25. Well I Started Eating Toilet Paper And Water Very Young At Age 11 , Yes I Know ” wow ” , I Would Start By Eating It Just Dry For Months And Months, Then I Wanted To Try Something A Little New So I Started Dampen It With Water And Did That For About 2Yrs , Then I Just Started Soaking It With Water . Then After About 3Yrs I Syarted Freezing It With Ice Cubes Or Jus Letting It Sit In The Freezer For 20mins And Would Eat It And Minutes After Minutes I Went Back For More And More , Until I Just Started Getting Sick Of Eating It Like That So I Jus Went Back Into Eating It With Water For 3 Yrs Straight And Till Today August 4 , 2016 1:40 pm , I Kendall Colbert Is Still Addicted To Toilet Paper And Water , CanNot Stop Eating It ! But I Will Put In Effort And Try Becauae I Have HOPE !????

  26. Well I Started Eating Toilet Paper And Water Very Young At Age 11 , Yes I Know ” wow ” , I Would Start By Eating It Just Dry For Months And Months, Then I Wanted To Try Something A Little New So I Started Dampen It With Water And Did That For About 2Yrs , Then I Just Started Soaking It With Water . Then After About 3Yrs I Syarted Freezing It With Ice Cubes Or Jus Letting It Sit In The Freezer For 20mins And Would Eat It And Minutes After Minutes I Went Back For More And More , Until I Just Started Getting Sick Of Eating It Like That So I Jus Went Back Into Eating It With Water For 3 Yrs Straight And Till Today August 4 , 2016 1:40 pm , I Kendall Colbert Is Still Addicted To Toilet Paper And Water , CanNot Stop Eating It ! But I Will Put In Effort And Try Becauae I Have HOPE !????

  27. Rayray says:

    I ate toilet paper when I was young until 35.then I had a bowel ubstruction.i almost died.i still eat it.i try not to swallow it.i stay depressed.

  28. Emma says:

    Hi I’ve been addicted to eating toilet paper for over 6 years since falling pregnant with my son , I thought itll stop but I seem to crave it everytime I see a role and its very hard not to eat it ? I also swallow it and thinking theses years I’ve been doing it could be causing some problems I’ve tried to stop but just cant . Help

  29. Berry Kim says:

    Im 16 Years Old Girl , Im having Problem with Eating Such A useless things Like Tissue, Papers, Rocks, Sand and Earasiers .
    Also .. I like to Bite Strange things Like Pencils and my Shirts.
    Its Just that I take them and simply eating them like cakes ! I dont know why ! Im eating these things since i was too young , but For the first time I know that what im doing Called “Pica”
    so .. The Question is What Should I do to Stop Eating these things ?

  30. unknown says:

    I eat so much till i throw it all back up its so
    Good i wanna stop but i cant 5 years is to long
    And im only 15

  31. Juan says:

    Hey I’m 12 and I just want to ask am I going to be ok I think I swallowed I tiny like really tiny piece of toilet paper(Scott)

  32. Anonymous says:

    I’m a 14 year old boy and I’m addicted to eating toilet paper is there any long term effects and short term

  33. Emily says:

    Hi my name is Emily and I am 12 years old in I can eat a whole roll of tissue in one day but I can’t see a doctor and no one know can some one please help me

  34. Billl says:

    Yall are straight up crazy. There is no damn reason yall should be eating toilet paper. Straight up disgusting pieces of human. Wipe your ass with that shit dont eat it.

  35. Nick Alfano says:

    I also have a toilet paper addiction, but unlike the rest of you, it does not have to do or deal with eating the substance. Instead, i shove as much as I can into my rectum, and even though this is not the same problem, I have the same feelings. When I do not do this frequently, I feel the desire to go put some in my ass. Will someone help me? because it is beginning to get bloody.

  36. Thaleee says:

    Am 21 years am always craving for toilet paper nd chew nd swallow it…..its been years this thing happeningsince i was young????????????am thin

  37. Princella Thompson says:

    I been eating tissue since I was 8 years old. Today I’m 41 and I eat more tissue than ever now. Could that be why I have abdominal pains and can’t sleep on my stomach without being in so much pain. Please help me.

    • admin says:

      You need to see a doctor right away. Though there is no instant solution to your problem, you should see positive results after consulting your doctor.

  38. Nick says:

    The admin is absolutely USELESS..smh

  39. Mia says:

    Is it hard to get pregnant if you eat toilet paper?

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