Autism and trichotillomania in an adolescent boy

BMJ Case Rep. 2018 Sep 5:2018:bcr2018226270. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2018-226270.


An adolescent with autism spectrum disorder and improperly treated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder presented with recurrent hair pulling. Treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and stimulant improved these conditions.

Keywords: child and adolescent psychiatry.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / complications
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / drug therapy*
  • Autistic Disorder / complications
  • Autistic Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / therapeutic use*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Trichotillomania / complications
  • Trichotillomania / diagnosis
  • Trichotillomania / drug therapy*


  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors