Lithium treatment of chronic hair pulling

G. A. Christenson, M. K. Popkin, T. B. Mackenzie, G. M. Realmuto

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Ten patients with chronic hair pulling received trials of lithium carbonate of 2 to 14 months' duration. Eight patients demonstrated decreased hair pulling and mild to marked hair regrowth. Three responders experienced increased hair pulling subsequent to discontinuation of lithium treatment. Lithium's effect on hair pulling may be related to its observed benefits in treating aggressivity, impulsivity, and mood instability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-120
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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