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Worsening of Pica as a Symptom of Depressive Illness in a Person with Severe Mental Handicap

  • Syed H. Jawed (a1), Vallepur H. R. Krishnan (a2), Verinder P. Prasher (a2) and John A. Corbett (a2)

The case of a person with severe mental handicap whose pica became uncontrollable during episodes of depressive illness Is described. Treatment of the depression with lofepramine markedly reduced the pica, and withdrawal of lofepramine led to recurrence. It is suggested that biological symptoms of depression should be monitored in people with severe mental handicap who show significant episodic worsening of long-standing repetitive behaviour.

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Worsening of Pica as a Symptom of Depressive Illness in a Person with Severe Mental Handicap

  • Syed H. Jawed (a1), Vallepur H. R. Krishnan (a2), Verinder P. Prasher (a2) and John A. Corbett (a2)
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