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What are the symptoms of catatonia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Catatonia is not an: Illness, but a symptom involving changes in muscle tone/activity. Catatonic stupor involves a lack of movement while catatonic excitement involves violent movement towards oneself or others.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
There are many: Catatonia is a syndrome that most often occurs when someone is having a major depressive or manic episode. It can occur with other psychiatric or neurological illnesses. There are abnormal signs on a neurological exam, blood pressure/temperature/heart rate swings, either severe psychomotor slowing or nonspecific agitation, decreased ability to communicate with language and odd posturing behaviors.
Last updated Nov 2, 2019
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