A teenager in US consumes up to 5
soap bars a week. She just loves the taste of washing powder. However doctors
are concerned about her health and have said that this toxic addiction could
have claimed her life. Temptest Henderson, 19, is a nursing student in Florida.
She has been diagnosed with a rare condition called 'Pica' that makes people
want to eat items which are largely non-nutritious. This addiction began when
the girl dipped her fingers in washing powder and enjoyed its sweet and
salty taste. Although she realized that her habit was dangerous she could not
give it up and she thought of seeking medical assistance only after 6months.
Doctors are treating Tempestt with
intensive Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy gives her
replacement thoughts that will probably prevent her from compulsively reaching
for soaps. According to psychologists, she is most likely to have started
eating soap as a comfort coping mechanism when she was away from her family for
her nursing studies. Since then the family has begun using liquid at home.
Tempestt said, "It is an
addiction, I can't stop, and I have sought the help of a doctor who specializes
in addiction. The doctor told me I must empty my house of all washing detergent
and soap, anything that triggers my addiction." She is recovering now and back
home with her mother.