Pharmacological Treatment of Kleptomania and Bulimia Nervosa

Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts 02178.
Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology (Impact Factor: 3.76). 09/1989; 9(5). DOI: 10.1097/00004714-198910000-00008

ABSTRACT We describe three patients with concurrent DSM-III-R kleptomania and bulimia nervosa who all demonstrated a partial or complete response of both bulimic and kleptomanic symptoms to fluoxetine, trazodone, or tranylcypromine. These observations raise the possibility that pharmacological treatment may benefit kleptomania, and call for further study of the relationship between kleptomania, bulimia nervosa, and major depression.
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    • "According to O'Guinn and Faber (1989), compulsive consumption behaviours may include compulsive buying, pathological gambling , kleptomania, compulsive sexuality and eating disorders (see also Krahn, 1991; McElroy et al., 1995). Compulsive consumption behaviours may also have common causes, similar patterns of development (Hirschman, 1992) and may also be co-morbid (McElroy et al., 1989, 1995; Christenson et al., 1994; Faber et al., 1995; Lee et al., 2000; Mitchell et al., 2002). As several compulsive consumption disorders may interrelate or overlap, it may be highly beneficial to study them as a larger phenomenon (Faber et al., 1995) or to examine whether or not one compulsive behaviour leads to another (Krahn, 1991). "
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