The Effectiveness of Melatonin in Head Banging: A case report

METİN Ö. , Eynalli-Gok E., Kuygun-Karci C., YOLGA TAHİROĞLU A.

SLEEP SCIENCE, vol.12, no.1, pp.53-56, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.5935/1984-0063.20190049
  • Title of Journal : SLEEP SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-56


Head banging is one of the three typical subtypes of rhythmic movement disorder. It typically involves anteroposterior movements of the head. Rhythmic movement disorder usually resolves in early childhood but less commonly persists into adolescence and adulthood. Although benzodiazepines commonly used, the universal effectiveness of any pharmacologic agent has not been approved. Herein, we present an 8-year-old girl patient suffered from head banging who responded to melatonin after in failure to imipramine treatment. Although nocomplete remission has been obtained, this is the first melatonin trial in a child patient with headbanging.