Use of lithium carbonate in the treatment of autoerotic asphyxia

Am J Psychother. 1989 Apr;43(2):277-86. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1989.43.2.277.


We report the successful use of lithium carbonate to promptly extinguish life-threatening behavior in a case of autoerotic asphyxia occurring in a 26-year-old male. In addition to his paraphilia, the patient met the DSM-III-R criteria for dysthymia, and had an avoidant personality disorder secondary to verbal, physical and sexual abuse inflicted during childhood and adolescence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asphyxia / prevention & control*
  • Asphyxia / psychology
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lithium / therapeutic use*
  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Male
  • Masturbation / drug effects*
  • Paraphilic Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Paraphilic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy


  • Lithium Carbonate
  • Lithium