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Mental play in Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1393343     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A new phenomenon, found only in Gilles de la Tourette (GTS) patients, and which we have called 'mental play', is described. It was compared with the phenomenon of counting, which occurred in both GTS and obsessive-compulsive patients. In the GTS patients both mental play and counting were best characterised as playful impulsions. In contrast to the GTS patients, the counting of the obsessive-compulsive patients was in line with their obsessive-compulsive behaviour. These findings suggest that repetitive symptoms in GTS patients, even when they share superficial similarities with obsessive-compulsive symptoms, should not be diagnosed automatically as obsessive-compulsive.
D C Cath; B J van de Wetering; T C van Woerkom; C A Hoogduin; R A Roos; H G Rooijmans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  161     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1992 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-20     Completed Date:  1992-11-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  542-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychiatric Hospital Endegeest, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Impulsive Behavior / diagnosis,  psychology
Middle Aged
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis,  psychology*
Play and Playthings*
Problem Solving
Stereotyped Behavior*
Tourette Syndrome / diagnosis,  psychology*

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