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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is having a weird gait a good sign of having schizophrenia?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
No: Not at all. There are very specific signs and symptoms which must correlate with the criteria for schizophrenia, but gait is not one of them. Sometimes, a child will have motor developmental problems, such as clumbsiness and awkward, poor coordination in association with pervasive development disorders such as autism-which is at times confused with schizophrenia.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, not a physical disorder.
Dec 30, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
There can be decrease in gait velocity due to impaired executive functions in Schizophrenics!
Dec 30, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Gait: No correlation between thought disorders & movement disorders.
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
No: Gait problems are not a classic sign of schizophrenia, altho some ppl w/ schizophrenia may have poor body awareness. Gait disorders are more commonly associated w/ disorders such as parkinson's, cerebral palsy, ms, muscular dystrophy, huntington's, etc., or they can be due to brain injury (e.g., strokes), drugs, leg injuries, inner ear problems, arthritis, conversion disorder . .
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
No: Gait problems are not a classic sign of schizophrenia, altho some ppl w/ schizophrenia may have poor body awareness. Gait disorders are more commonly associated w/ disorders such as parkinson's, cerebral palsy, ms, muscular dystrophy, huntington's, etc., or they can be due to brain injury (e.g., strokes), drugs, leg injuries, inner ear problems, arthritis, conversion disorder . . ..

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