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Can dysthymia ever be so severe as to involve noticeable psychomotor retardation?

Can dysthymia ever be so severe as to involve noticeable psychomotor retardation?

By definition...: ...Psychomotor retardation is the slowing down of thoughts and physical actions. If dysthymia were to become so severe as to be associated with significant psychomotor retardation, i would think rather of a major depression. But it's true that one might have pmr and not exceed the dysthymia criteria--going by the book alone. ...Read more

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Dysthymia (Definition)

Dysthymia can be thought of as a low-grade, chronic depression. A diagnosis is made when a person has two of the following symptoms for 2 years or more: increased or decreased appetite, insomnia or oversleeping, low energy, low view of self, poor concentration, or feelings of hopelessness. It is best treated with a combination ...Read more


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Do I have psychomotor retardation if I can't type fast when sleepy?

Do I have psychomotor retardation if I can't type fast when sleepy?

No: Psychomotor retardation is a very specific state that is associated with, for example, serious depression. One's thought processes and physical actions become abnormally slowed down ("retardation", an old-fashioned term). It might take 30 seconds to nanswer a question such as "what is your name?". ...Read more

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Is psychomotor agitation different from psychomotor retardation?

Yes: Psychomotor agitation refers to purposeless and restless activity. The person may need to pace around the room, even if he or she wants to rest or sit down. Psychomotor retardation refers to a generalized slowing of psychological and physical activity. ...Read more

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What kind of a family support i can give to 27 year old son with psychomotor retardation due to depression?

Many ways: Love. Helping him get to appointments if he is too impaired to do that on his own. Supporting his use of counseling and psychotropic medication use. Letting him know that he is accepted regardless of having a mental health illness. I am glad that you asked. ...Read more

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What is psychomotor retardation?

Psychomotor retardation: It is generalized slowing of psychological and physical activity, frequently occurring as a symptom of severe depression, although psychomotor retardation can occur in many conditions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psychomotor retardation?

Slowing down: Psychomotor retardation is a phenomenon probably most commonly seen in depression and schizophrenia. It literally refers to a phenomenon where individuals with one of these disorders experience a marked slowing in thinking process and movement. It is a symptom of the disorder and improves with effect treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine for treating psychomotor retardation?

Depends on cause: Many disorders can cause psychomotor retardation, for example, parkinson's disease, depression, schizophrenia, etc. These are all treatable diseases and are treated differently. Finding a doctor who is able to diagnose these diseases is the first step towards finding the helpful treatment. ...Read more

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Pls can you advice what psychomotor retardation is ?. Thanks

A slowing of motor: Activity seen in patients with severe depression, dementia, or psychosis with catatonic state. Eye, blinking, for example, can be slowed. Emotional reactions, also. It is not a diagnostic term to describe a person with intellectual disability & cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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How psychomotor retardation and attention impairment in disorders like MDD and ADHD are quantified with psychometric tests or by other means?

How psychomotor retardation and attention impairment in disorders like MDD and ADHD are quantified with psychometric tests or by other means?

Neuropsychologists: measure cognitive function, ADHD, etc. If one is in available in your geographic area consider consulting one on line via HealthTap or a similar organization. Peace and good health. They also provide strategies for work w/neurological and learning issues. ...Read more

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Is there a particular type of antidepressant that tends to be more effective for dysthymia rather than more severe types of depression?

Is there a particular type of antidepressant that tends to be more effective for dysthymia rather than more severe types of depression?

Actually, I have: Found that dysthymia doesn't always respond that well when the only treatment is medication. The best way to approach it is a combination of pharmacotherapy ; other treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a powerful tool. If you haven't tried that - i recommend it. It allows you to challenge the thought processes that keep you depressed. Take care. ...Read more

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Psychomotor Retardation (Definition)

Psychomotor retardation is a symptom in which a person has slowing of physical activity such as movements and speech, with the cause being a psychological or neurological ...Read more


Psychomotor (Definition)

Correlation between cognitive functions & physical movement, can ...Read more