Compulsive exhibitionism successfully treated with fluvoxamine: A controlled case study

J. Zohar*, Z. Kaplan, J. Benjamin, S. A. Rasmussen

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Background: Paraphilias are psychosexual disorders that are usually conceptualized as deviant in nature. Yet in some cases, paraphilia can be conceptualized as an obsessive compulsive disorder. Method: We describe an exhibitionist treated under partial single-blind conditions (patient was blind to placebo but was aware he was receiving desipramine and fluvoxamine) with the serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor fluvoxamine, followed by desipramine and a placebo that looked like fluvoxamine, in an ABACA design. He was serially assessed with the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale. Results: Fluvoxamine eliminated the undesired impulse and behavior without affecting sexual desire. Desipramine and single-blind fluvoxamine-placebo treatment were both associated with relapses. Conclusion: A subset of paraphiliacs may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive-related disorders and may benefit from serotonergic agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-91
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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