Stereotypic Movement Disorder

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: Castellanos et al. (March 1996 issue) recently reported that DSM-IV stereotypic movement disorder can be diagnosed in intellectually normal adult patients. This paper is another in a series of fascinating studies conducted by Rapoport and colleagues on the differential response of unwanted repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling and nail biting to clomipramine and desipramine. The idea that such behaviors fall on an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) spectrum of conditions may provide a valuable heuristic in both clinical and research settings.

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(4):177-178 [letter]