Gratification Disorder Mimicking Childhood Epilepsy in an 18-month-old Nigerian Girl: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Indian J Psychol Med. 2013 Oct;35(4):417-9. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.122247.


Gratification disorder is common in younger children, but is often unrecognized because unlike in adolescents, it does not involve manual genital manipulation and the clinical features are quite variable; therefore a thorough history, physical examination, and video recording of the events will go a long way in making the correct diagnosis, otherwise it could easily be misdiagnosed as epilepsy, nonepileptic paroxysmal movement disorder, or even gastrointestinal disorder.

Keywords: Gastrointestinal disorder; gratification disorder; movement disorder; seizure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports