Psychogenic habit cough: review and case reports

J Clin Psychiatry. 1987 Dec;48(12):483-6.


Psychogenic habit cough--a condition that can be debilitating if it extends over a period of years--has been described in both pediatric and adolescent populations, but not in adults. The authors review the cases of 4 adult patients with this condition, review the available pediatric/adolescent literature, and make suggestions for the direction of future research. In some cases, psychogenic habit cough in adults can be successfully treated with a combination of psychotherapy, relaxation therapy, and speech therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conversion Disorder / psychology
  • Conversion Disorder / therapy
  • Cough / diagnosis
  • Cough / psychology*
  • Cough / therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy
  • Speech Therapy