Gratification disorder

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Gratification disorder (also known as "infantile masturbation", despite occurring in children as old as 10, or sometimes benign idiopathic infantile dyskinesia) is a form of masturbatory behavior that has often been mistaken for epilepsy, abdominal pain, and paroxysmal dystonia or dyskinesia.[1] Little research has been published regarding this early childhood condition.[1] However, most pediatricians agree that masturbation is a normal and common behavior in young children and should be recognized as such.[2] Failure to recognize this behavior can lead to unnecessary and invasive testing. Though the behavior may be confused with a seizure, cessation following a distraction and intact consciousness during an episode would suggest that this is not a seizure.[3] The behavior tends to diminish with age.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nechay A, Ross LM, Stephenson JB, O'Regan M (March 2004). "Gratification disorder ("infantile masturbation"): a review". Arch. Dis. Child. 89 (3): 225–6. doi:10.1136/adc.2003.032102. PMC 1719833. PMID 14977696.
  2. ^ Mink JW, Neil JJ (July 1995). "Masturbation mimicking paroxysmal dystonia or dyskinesia in a young girl". Mov. Disord. 10 (4): 518–20. doi:10.1002/mds.870100421. PMID 7565838.
  3. ^ Yang, M. L. (2005-12-01). "Masturbation in Infancy and Early Childhood Presenting as a Movement Disorder: 12 Cases and a Review of the Literature". Pediatrics. 116 (6): 1427–1432. doi:10.1542/peds.2005-0532. ISSN 0031-4005. PMID 16322167.
  4. ^ Yang, M. L. (2005-12-01). "Masturbation in Infancy and Early Childhood Presenting as a Movement Disorder: 12 Cases and a Review of the Literature". Pediatrics. 116 (6): 1427–1432. doi:10.1542/peds.2005-0532. ISSN 0031-4005. PMID 16322167.