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Fetishism in ADHD: an impulsive behaviour or a paraphilic disorder?
  1. Ruziana Masiran
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ruziana Masiran, ruziana_m{at}


A boy with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presented with a fetish for and the subsequent stealing of female undergarments. He was predominantly inattentive and had been a slow learner. Psychological tests showed that he had significant cognitive and inattention problems without significant hyperactivity, and was at risk of dyslexia as well as conduct disorder.

  • child and adolescent psychiatry (paediatrics)
  • developmental paediatrocs
  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • sexual and gender disorders
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  • Contributors RM has managed the patient and drafted the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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