Unwanted erections in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Dec;157:919-21. doi: 10.1192/bjp.157.6.919.


The presentation of inappropriate penile erections calls for great caution in making a diagnosis. Two patients who had unwanted erections also had obsessive-compulsive disorder--a previously unreported association. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is not inconsistent with unwanted erections and should be considered in assessment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arousal*
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Fantasy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology*
  • Pedophilia / diagnosis
  • Pedophilia / psychology
  • Penile Erection* / psychology