Eating What You Should Not: Pica in Autistic Individuals
Pica is a deadly disorder, one which is both standalone but appears also in individuals diagnosed with autism. One of the comorbid disorders related to those on the spectrum, it is a strange behavioural problem that is also defined as an eating disorder which has failed to subside in children older than 36 months. Many children on the spectrum are also diagnosed with pica, one which might be the result of an excessive need for sensory stimulation. This peculiar phenomenon dates back to the Greco-Roman civilization. Rather interesting, as deadly as it can be.
Certain facts concerning the prevalence of Pica have been presented in the November 2012 issue of Psychiatric Annals. Certain intriguing points include: