n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Genital self-mutilation in a non-psychotic male to get rid of excessive sexual drive : a case report

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Genital self-mutilation (GSM) is a rare phenomenon. In the majority of cases, GSM is secondary to psychotic illness. Among the nonpsychotics, the motives behind GSM are varied. We report a rare case in which a non-psychotic, non-paraphilic patient suffering from excessive sexual drive carried out GSM to curb hypersexuality. Aetiological factors behind GSM are discussed. This case report emphasises that excessive sexual drive may lead to distress and GSM. Effective management of excessive sexual drive and active inquiry into any intentions of GSM in such patients may be helpful in preventing GSM.

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