A 19-year-old girl featured on TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” eats deodorant daily.
Nicole, who lives in New York City, says her life revolves around her deodorant addiction. She eats deodorant before and after meals. She also uses it as a stress reliever instead of food.
“When I wake up in the morning, I want deodorant; after each meal, I eat deodorant; when I get stressed out, I eat deodorant; in the middle of the night when I wake up out of a sleep, I want deodorant,” Nicole said.
She eats a half a stick of deodorant a day. Nicole also satisfies her craving by consuming deodorant sprays, which she says are her favourite because it dissolves in her mouth quickly and does not get stuck in her teeth. However, her mouth feels numb immediately after spraying her mouth.
Nicole got a taste of deodorant when she was 4 years old, but the addiction escalated only two years ago. According to Nicole, she has had health issues since she began eating deodorant including stomach cramps.
A doctor told Nicole that deodorant contains aluminum, which can cause dementia, seizures or even death.
According to Mike Dow, author of “Diet Rehab” and TLC’s psychologist consultant, these types of addiction “fall under impulse control disorders”
He explains that some may have elements of OCD, depression and anxiety. These addictions are comparable to addictions like shopping and gambling.
Although Dow says that the deodorant will probably not kill Nicole as fast as heroin, but ingesting chemicals and preservatives over a long period of time can increase chances of cancer or digestive disorders.
“These addicts often need a wake up call to be confronted with the consequences of their behaviour which often helps them to create change,” he said.
What do you think of Nicole’s strange addiction?