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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.50 no.4 São Paulo Dec. 1992 

Kleptomania, mood disorder and lithium


Cleptomanía, distúrbio do humor e lítio



Fábio Lopes RochaI; Maria Elizabete Guimarães RochaII

IPsychiatrist, Preceptor of Psychiatry of the Psychiatric Residency, Hospital das Clínicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Hospital Galba Velloso, Fundação Hospitalar do Estado de Minas Gerais
IIPsychiatrist, Staff Member of the Mental Health Program, Fundação Ezequiel Dias, Secretaria de Saúde do Estado de Minas Gerais




Kleptomania has been found in association with major depression in a fairly large number of reports in recent years. We describe a patient with concurrent DSM-III-R Bipolar Mood Disorder and Kleptomania, whose symptoms remitted completely, apparently in response to lithium therapy, which raised the possibility that pharmacological treatment may benefit kleptomania. Further studies are needed to establish the possible relationship between kleptomania, mood disorders and lithium therapy.

Key words: kleptomania, lithium, mood disorders, bipolar disorder.


Os autores descrevem e comentam o caso de uma paciente com Distúrbio de Humor Bipolar e Cleptomanía (DSM-III-R) que apresentou remissão de seu quadro compulsivo após instituição de litioterapia. Discutem a possibilidade de tratamento medicamentoso para este distúrbio e apontam para a necessidade de estudos que estabeleçam a eventual relação entre cleptomania, distúrbios do humor e litioterapia.

Palavras-chave: cleptomania, lítio, distúrbios do humor, distúrbio bipolar.



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Acknowledgments — We pay tribute to Mr. David K. Bowen, BSW, MA, for his patience and time reviewing the text.



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