Serotonin reuptake blockers for the treatment of obsessional jealousy

D. J. Stein, Eric Hollander, S. C. Josephson

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Abstract

Background: Some patients with pathological jealousy have a predominant obsessional component to their jealous thoughts. Since obsessions and compulsions often respond to serotonin reuptake blockers, these agents may also be useful for obsessional jealousy. Method: We undertook a retrospective study of patients who presented with obsessional jealousy. Six patients were treated in open clinical practice with serotonin reuptake blockers. Results: Four of the six patients responded to medication. This response was as robust as that seen in patients with classical symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Conclusion: Obsessional jealousy has phenomenological similarities to other obsessions and compulsions, and obsessional jealousy may also respond to standard antiobsessional medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Volume55
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Serotonin reuptake blockers for the treatment of obsessional jealousy. / Stein, D. J.; Hollander, Eric; Josephson, S. C.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 55, No. 1, 1994, p. 30-33.

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