Behavioral treatment of chronic psychogenic polydipsia with hyponatremia: A unique case of polydipsia in a primary care patient with intractable hiccups

Janet L. Thomas, John Howe, Amy Gaudet, Phillip J. Brantley

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Abstract

Psychogenic polydipsia is recognized as a dangerous and potentially life threatening disorder. Few studies have focused on the treatment of polydipsia presenting in the outpatient setting. A review of the behavioral treatment literature pertaining to psychogenic polydipsia is presented. This review is followed by a case illustration of an outpatient behavioral approach to the treatment of psychogenic polydipsia in a non-psychiatric, primary car, adult, male patient suffering from intractable hiccup. An ABA single-case design was used, with sodium concentration as the dependent variable. This behavioral method appears promising in settings where restriction of fluid intake is not practical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-250
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2001

Keywords

  • Behavioral treatment
  • Hiccups
  • Hyponatremia
  • Psychogenic polydipsia

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