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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Catatonic Schizophrenia (Overview)

Catatonia, which is characterized by motoric immobility (inability to move) such as catalepsy or stupor (significant altered levels of consciousness) , mutism( inability to speak) , negativism , is shown in about 10-15% of patients with schizophrenia. The can respond to benzodiazepines, Abilify (aripiprazole) and electroconvulsive therapy.


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How does one develop catatonic schizophrenia?

How does one develop catatonic schizophrenia?

Catatonic : Schizophrenia is one type of schizophrenia. We don't fully understand what causes this illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
22 doctors shared insights

Catatonic Schizophrenia (Overview)

Catatonia, which is characterized by motoric immobility (inability to move) such as catalepsy or stupor (significant altered levels of consciousness) , mutism( inability to speak) , negativism , is shown in about 10-15% of patients with schizophrenia. The can respond to benzodiazepines, Abilify (aripiprazole) and electroconvulsive therapy.


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What are some examples in symptoms in catatonic schizophrenia?

Catatonia: Catatonia can take two forms, the most common being catatonic mutism where the person cannot speak. Their bodies may exhibit waxy flexibility, which is if they are posed by someone else in a certain position, they will not change that position for hours or longer. The other form of catatonia, is catatonic excitement, rarely seen and which is where the patient will literally run until they die. ...Read more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Checklist)

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Can a person be diagnosed from catatonic schizophrenia to undifferentiated schizophrenia?

Diagnoses do change: In my experience diagnoses do change. Sometimes a particular symptom changes or is treated by other means. ...Read more

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How to know if I have catatonic schizophrenia?

How to know if I have catatonic schizophrenia?

Catatonic Schizophre: Patient cannot move, speak or respond, on one extreme, and at opposite extreme the patient mimics sounds or movements and is over excited. They also show repetitive purposeless behaviors (stereotypy), bizarre postures. Main symptoms are termed Physical immobility, Waxy flexibility, Strange movements, Uncooperativeness, Echolalia, & Echopraxia. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Living with Schizophrenia

This needs to be treated early on, not when it's worse. ...See more

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What is the treatment for catatonic schizophrenia?

What is the treatment for catatonic schizophrenia?

Biopsychosocial: In the late 80's and early 90's the concept of biopsychosocial treatment became very popular. In this treatment paradigm one addressed the biological, psychological and social needs of any patient regardless of diagnosis. In the case of catatonic schizophrenia antipsychotic medications are given, and the patient is gradually reintegrated into society. For severe cases ECT has been effective. ...Read more

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How does one develop catatonic schizophrenia?

Catatonic : Schizophrenia is one type of schizophrenia. We don't fully understand what causes this illness. ...Read more

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Living with Schizophrenia (Tip)

Living with Schizophrenia

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more