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Pen-nibbling addiction

by Medindia Content Team on  April 12, 2002 at 5:10 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Pen-nibbling addiction
A MAN addicted to munching his way through 50 ballpoint pens a week has been cured by hypnotherapy. John Carey, 34, began spending pounds 50 a month on his habit after he was banned from using pens at work because none of his colleagues could find anything to write with.
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"My manager took me one side and said it wasn't just the money I was costing them but the fact that nobody else could ever find a pen to use," he told the Brighton Evening Argus. "I've been chewing them for about five years but it started getting worse, especially when I was stressed". "Where other people would say, 'I'm dying for a cigarette', I'd say, 'I'm dying for a pen'. A lot of the time I didn't realise I was doing it. "While sitting at his computer terminal, Mr. Carey, from Brighton, would nibble on the shaft of a pen until it splintered, eat the top, chew the ink cartridge and then throw what remained in the bin. It took only one session of hypnotherapy at a local clinic to cure him. "Basically, we jumbled up the sequence of his habit in his head to break the cycle," said Andy Cripps, the hypnotherapist.

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