A Case of Late-Onset Pedophilia and Response to Sertraline

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Sir: Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in a person at least 16 year old that is characterized by sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child (aged 13 years or younger).1 These fantasies are acted out and cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulties. Pedophilia is a common and often overlooked syndrome that risks the child victim’s well-being and further psychosocial development and adaptive functioning.

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2007;9(3):235-236 [letter]