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Am J Psychiatry. 1997 Apr;154(4):554-5.

Lithium treatment of conduct disorders in adolescents.

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Department of Psychiatry, Elmhurst City Hospital, Queens, N.Y. USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors examined the efficacy of lithium carbonate for treating conduct disorder in adolescents.

METHOD:

The subjects were 33 inpatients aged 12-17 years. Lithium or placebo was administered in a double-blind fashion for 2 weeks.

RESULTS:

On several measures of clinical change the groups showed no significant differences. Of the patients who completed the study, 8.3% of those receiving placebo (one of 12) versus 21.4% (three of 14) of those receiving lithium were considered responders.

CONCLUSIONS:

Lithium does not appear beneficial for this indication.

PMID:
9090346
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.154.4.554
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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