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How is pica diagnosed?

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Pica is the name of a medical condition when you can’t stop eating things like dirt, paint chips, and rocks that are not food. Your doctor will first check you for possible anemia, internal blockages, intestinal blockages, poisoning, infections, and other medical problems. That may involve blood tests, X-rays, and other tests. Your doctor may also review your eating habits and check for other possible reasons -- such as mental disabilities or obsessive-compulsive disorder – for your behavior. Pica might be diagnosed if you’ve been ingesting inedible things for at least a month.

SOURCES: Section of Behavior Medicine at the Children's Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Walker and M.C. Roberts (Eds.) (3rd Ed., 2001). New York: NY: John Wiley & Sons.

The Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

SOURCES: Section of Behavior Medicine at the Children's Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Walker and M.C. Roberts (Eds.) (3rd Ed., 2001). New York: NY: John Wiley & Sons.

The Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

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