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My Strange Addiction


There's this new show out on TLC called 'My Strange Addiction', and as the title clearly states, it's about people with odd habits that they can't get rid of.

There are a few previews out on YouTube and here are 2 of the oddest things!

This woman won't sleep without her blow dryer:

This woman loves to eat toilet paper!:

Do you have any interesting habits?
Dec 22, 2010 @ 07:46 am

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That's just... weird

I can happily report that I have only very "normal" habits. I do have an aversion to socks, though. Fresh out of the laundry is one thing, but if any of my family leaves their worn socks lying around the house, I can't stand it.

I also handle dirty laundry only when wearing those long yellow plastic household gloves. Something about dirty laundry just gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Dec 22, 2010 @ 09:39 am


Those are very weird addictions! I really can't imagine how someone can be addicted to these things but I guess you can...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:31 am


It's really interesting to see what's out there!
Hairdryer... I understand it keeps you warm, but eating toilet paper?! I might've tried that once or ate napkin by accident, but it's pretty bland!

@mamaluv My brother used to leave his socks EVERYWHERE around our house, and my parents would get so upset! It is pretty gross though, if you think about it. I don't really like feet... I find them weird!
If it's my own laundry I don't care, but when I used to wash my family's clothing, I'd pick up their underwear by the corner and quickly toss it in!
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:51 am

Toilet Paper is not as bad

as eating glass. I once saw a special on, er, The Maury Povich Show or Jerry Springer (or something equally trashy) about strange eating habits. There was this guy they featured who likes to eat broken glass.

Umm WHAT?!
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:58 am


I remember watching an episode of CSI or something where this guy had an addiction to eating coins! I wonder if this happens in real life...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

Eating glass!?!? Eek!

Okay I looked it up (wikipedia) and there is a medical disorder called Pica where people have an appetite for things not considered nutritious (to say that least!) like metal, paper, soil, etc. It has been seen in people of all ages, and potential causes might be Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or a mineral deficiency. If the thing has a mineral that person is deficient in, they could develop an appetite for something like metal.

It's very dangerous and can have serious effects like poisoning and brain damage
Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

I'd Imagine!

That's really odd... but how would you know if your body is deficient in something? Like... does your body automatically trigger your sense to "feel" what you're missing and want to consume it?

Dec 22, 2010 @ 04:47 pm

Eating non food items

I looked it up and it's actually a known abnormality called PICA (pronounced p-eye-ka). From what I read I think it often stems from a lack of minerals / vitamins. E.g. if you are dangerously deficient in something, e.g. iron (such as me!) you might crave chewing ice (ummmm..such as me lol). My doc randomly asked me "do you find yourself craving to gnaw on ice?" Apparantly it's normal for people with my level of iron! Weird eh? Chewing ice (not glass!! ICE..frozen water..just wanted to have that clear lol) is fairly safe and not too crazy, but I can easily see how being deficient in something else might make someone crave other substances.

Not sure what you have to be deficient on to crave tissue paper ... but anyways....

I wonder if this is treatable??
Dec 22, 2010 @ 05:28 pm


i totally didn't see Cathy's response before posting mine!! now mine sounds redundant :P

well ..i still do wonder if its treatable!

Jen: i don't know if your body feels the missing mineral, but ...i don't know, because there's no iron or hemoglobin in ice.. i think best thing is if anyone suddenly finds themselves craving strange things, then don't be embarrassed, rather go to your doctor and explain how you're feeling and take it from there.
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

So Weird!

Thanks for sharing, Becky! Esp for pronouncing it for us, haha, I thought it was just "pica", read as it's written. Now I won't look dumb when I decide to feel smart and relay this information to my friends.

At least ice is edible. I like eating ice in the summer, but not particularly gnawing it haha. Have you been eating iron tablets to help with the deficiency?
Dec 23, 2010 @ 09:27 am

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