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A possible mechanism of sadism.
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PMID:  20822859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Sadists enjoy inflicting pain upon others. The pathophysiology of sadism is poorly understood but the traits of major psychiatric disorders have been noted among these people. Because an abnormal threshold for pain occurs in major psychiatric disorders, I here hypothesize that the practice of sadism may be used as self-medication for an inherently aberrant pain pathway. The neurobiological basis of the mechanism and its possible relevance in the treatment of psychiatric disorders await further study.
Jie-Yu Chuang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1532-2777     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychiatry, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, No. 325, Cheng-Kung Road, Sec. 2, Nei-Hu District, Taipei 114, Taiwan, ROC.
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