It's more of a thing I do when there's ice left in my drink, but I have genuinely given consideration to ice texture preference shit before so who knows. (the idea of absolutely HAVING to do it or wanting to eat the ice collecting inside the freezer or being compelled to eat all the snow on a mountain has never happened though, and I hope it never does.)
Tiny Prancer, April 14, 2014, 11:03:25 am
What you describe sounds more like a comforting/nervous habit kind of thing, like chewing on pencils or twirling your hair. If you aren't thinking about when you'll get your next ice fix, you're probably fine, except for the fact that it's bad for your teeth.
The best way I can describe pica is that it's like falling in love. That obsessive kind of love/crush that you get especially when you are young. It comes at you from out of nowhere and takes over your entire being. So I can kind of get how people who have it might turn it into a fetish. It is overwhelming!
The physical act of chewing ice was not really part of it for me. It was just consuming ice that mattered. Sucking on ice was perfectly fine and what I preferred since I have a few fragile molars. I actually wanted Sonic ice because it breaks apart easily. It does not surprise me at all to hear it mentioned on the podcast readings.
Sonic ice, btw, is very popular in certain places like Texas, and people go there to buy bags of it to put in coolers like they might buy bags of ice at the gas station or grocery store. That's a good way to mask a pica problem.