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Vol. 33. Num. 1.
Pages 1-44 (January - March 2019)
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Vol. 33. Num. 1.
Pages 1-44 (January - March 2019)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpsy.2018.07.002
Treatment of love addiction: Current status and perspectives
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M. Sanchesa,b,
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, V.P. Johnb
a Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Bismarck, ND, USA
b Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, USA
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Background and objectives

Even though love addiction is not recognized by DSM-5 as a specific diagnosis, there is enough literature data to support its characterization as an independent mental disorder. Information on the treatment of love addiction is still scant.

Methods

The databases Medline, Embase, and LILACS were searched for literature findings addressing the treatment of love addiction.

Results

The currently available therapeutic strategies for love addiction are discussed, as well as some perspectives in the treatment of love addiction from a pharmacological standpoint.

Conclusion

There is scant evidence regarding the treatment of love addiction in the medical literature, specially with respect to pharmacological interventions, although several agents may hypothetically be of benefit in this condition. Psychotherapy is often cited as the cornerstone of the treatment of love addiction, but its efficacy has not been properly investigated.

Keywords:
Love addiction
Impulsivity
Addiction
Antidepressants
Mood stabilizers
Psychopharmacology

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