Journal article

Behavioural Treatment of Compulsive Polydipsia: Two Case Studies

B Oldenburg

Behaviour Change | Published : 1987


Two case studies are described where behavioural strategies, including response prevention and controlled drinking, were used to successfully treat chronic compulsive polydipsia where traditional medical management had failed. The improvement during treatment and at the 3-month follow-up was reflected not only in reduced fluid intake but also in the reduction of associated thirst symptoms and psychological distress. The implications of these results for treatment of polydipsia and non-compliance with fluid restrictions, particularly among dialysis patients, are discussed.

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