Pica is a mental health disorder that refers to the behaviour where somebody regularly and persistently eats objects that contain no nutritional value or are not suitable for consumption such as clothing, paper, hair, plaster, dirt, faeces or stones.



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.


What are the signs and symptoms of Pica?


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.


How can The Bridge help with Pica?

How can The Bridge help with Pica?

Assessment




Mental health nurse reviews




Clinical Psychology Therapy Sessions




Dietetic reviews




Group therapy




Family therapy

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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We believe in continuously providing holistic, patient-centred treatments which promote physical and mental wellbeing to increase resilience. The needs and wellbeing of patients is at the centre of everything we do. We are passionate about helping people and their families achieve their goals by providing them with patient-centred therapy that is passionate, caring and knowledgeable. We are passionate about sharing our knowledge to help educate patients, families and the wider public about eating disorders.

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We believe in helping patients develop a healthy relationship to food, and their body. Our service enables patients to set their own feeding goals in order to achieve a healthy weight and independently manage meals. We are passionate about helping patients’ understanding of disordered eating, and promoting mental wellness in order to tackle the behaviour.

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We achieve the best possible results for eating disorder sufferers with a range of problems and conditions by providing patients with early access to assessment and intervention.

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