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Klazomania: A Rare Case of Compulsive Screaming, Complicating Major Depression, Effectively Treated with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Prashanth Pillai*, Nithin Krishna and William Regenold

Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Prashanth Pillai
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
University of Maryland, USA
Tel: 202-412-2984
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 24, 2016; Accepted date: February 07, 2017; Published date: February 10, 2017

Citation: Pillai P, Krishna N, Regenold W (2017) Klazomania: A Rare Case of Compulsive Screaming, Complicating Major Depression, Effectively Treated with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). J Aging Sci 5:170. doi:10.4172/2329-8847.1000170

Copyright: © 2017 Pillai P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



We describe a rare case of a 57-year-old women diagnosed with Klazomania (compulsive shouting), rarely reported in literature, complicated by Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), refractory to medical management and treated successfully using electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). This is a unique presentation in which compulsions occurring in the context of MDD involved shouting rather than more typical compulsions such as hand washing or counting. Potential neurological disorders were ruled out through an extensive diagnostic workup prior to a course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Her episodic compulsive shouting abated and eventually remitted after a 12- session course of ECT.


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