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Am J Psychother. 1989 Apr;43(2):277-86.

Use of lithium carbonate in the treatment of autoerotic asphyxia.

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  • 1Department of Family Practice and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.


We report the successful use of lithium carbonate to promptly extinguish life-threatening behavior in a case of autoerotic asphyxia occurring in a 26-year-old male. In addition to his paraphilia, the patient met the DSM-III-R criteria for dysthymia, and had an avoidant personality disorder secondary to verbal, physical and sexual abuse inflicted during childhood and adolescence.

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