Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
Eating non-edible substances (called pica
) can be a sign of a medical problem (like anemia
) or a psychological problem. In your case, you mention that you eat sponge whenever you are stressed out and it calms you down during such times of stress. So, you are probably using this habit as a coping mechanism to deal with your anxiety
It's good that you have realized that this is not a good habit and have sought help. I would advise you to consult a psychiatrist
for a detailed evaluation, so that further treatment can be planned. Treatment can be in the form of psychological therapies or sometimes, medication. So, please don't hesitate to seek professional help.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar