Woman addicted to drinking urine
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Some people like to drink soda, others water – but for 53-year-old Carrie, she prefers to drink her own urine.
Carrie, who will be featured on Sunday’s season finale of “Strange
Addictions” at 10 p.m. on TLC, said she has been addicted to drinking
urine for more than 4 years.
She drinks about 80 ounces of her urine each day – sometimes by glass, sometimes using a Neti pot to drink it nasally.
“When you are nasal drinking, the pain is different than any pain you’ve experienced,” Carrie said.
Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and contributor to Fox News Channel,
who has not treated Carrie, said she is ultimately suffering from a form
of Pica disorder, an umbrella term for people who eat inorganic things,
like dirt or wood.
“I think what this women is describing is really a form of obsessive
compulsive disorder, where she has a compulsion to do something that
has nothing to do with nutrition and that she probably thinks about a
good deal of the time in an obsessive way,” Ablow said.
Carrie said most people in her life don’t know about her addiction, but in Sunday’s episode, she will tell her friend Denise.
“I drink almost all the urine that comes out of my body,” Carrie said in the trailer.
“All of it?” Denise asked.
“It tastes like water for me,” Carrie responded, adding she will put
the urine in her eyes, use it to brush her teeth and save it to rub aged
urine on her skin.
Ablow said that Carrie is likely addicted to drinking to her urine
because it allows her to not think about the stressful things in her
“(Pica) has been linked to lots of things, like parental neglect and
disorganized families,” Ablow said. “(Drinking urine) shows a real
failure shows a real failure between what represents you as an
individual and what represents waste products to be discarded – she
probably has guilt over ridding herself of her bodily functions.”
Ablow said he had a patient who used to repeatedly inject herself
with dirt and would present to the hospital with infections. Ablow
discovered the woman felt ‘soiled’ because of previous sexual abuse.
Antibiotics and therapy was helpful in treating her.