Persistent, unwanted erections in an 8-year-old boy

John H. Montgomery, David A. Waller, Roger Robinson

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Although unusual somatic preoccupations can be seen in somatoform disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), unwanted penile erections have been described only in two cases of OCD, both adults. In the present case an 8-year-old boy developed unwanted erections, other obsessive-compulsive symptoms, as well as symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, such that he met criteria for both disorders. Treatment consisted of sertraline combined with individual play therapy and family therapy, following which the patient reported modest improvement in symptoms of both disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 2003


  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders
  • Unwanted erections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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