Doctor insights on: Catatonic schizophrenia in children

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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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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How do I know if I have catatonic schizophrenia?

First thing first: Do you have schizophrenia? You have to have schizophrenia first. The easier way to think about this is that catatonia is a symptom of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What are the key features of catatonic schizophrenia?

Inability to move: The key feature of catatonia, which actually occurs in more than schizophrenia, is the inability to move at times. The person can stay still in one posture for hours at a time, leading to an inability to eat or perform other activities of daily living. There are also cases of "agitated catatonia" in which the person moves around in an agitated state doing motions that are purposeless. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: catatonic schizophrenia?

What is the definition or description of: catatonic schizophrenia?

Catatonic: 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. ...Read more

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Is catatonic schizophrenia not schizophrenia anymore? What is it then?

Is catatonic schizophrenia not schizophrenia anymore? What is it then?

Schizophrenia: Yes "catatonic" schizophrenia is still schizophrenia. Catatonia is one possible symptom a schizophrenic person might show -- either being unmoving (waxy flexibility or catatonic "stupor") or catatonic "furor" (moving around so fast and so constantly they exhaust themselves. The most recent diagnostic manual eliminated these different "types" of schizophrenia, but people can still exhibit symptoms. ...Read 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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Could someone with catatonic schizophrenia have clear-headed days?

Yes: Catatonic schizophrenia is different from other types of schizophrenia and seldom seen today. It often responds dramatically to ECT and seems to resemble bipolar disorder more than schizophrenia in my opinion. ...Read more

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Could someone with catatonic schizophrenia have clear-headed moments?

When treated: When the symptoms of schizophrenia, catatonic type are under control and treated, then clarity of thought is more likely. When not treated and symptomatic, likely not. ...Read more

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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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Can barbiturates be prescribed for reasons other than the criteria stated? Such as butalbarbital for catatonic schizophrenia

Can barbiturates be prescribed for reasons other than the criteria stated? Such as butalbarbital for catatonic schizophrenia

No: Barbiturates are not the treatment of choice for schizophrenia. I have sometimes used low dose Ativan (lorazepam) to help severely catatonic people eat, though. With this, they would have just enough movement to be able to take in a meal. Still, this is not the overarching main treatment for their illness either -- it's symptomatic palliation only. ...Read more

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Can paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Not exactly: One individual may have sx characteristic of more than one "type" of schizophrenia. Many people have sx that do not fit exactly into one or another "type". ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition (because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is catatonia and social withdrawal enough for a diagnosis for schizophrenia?

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Is catatonia and social withdrawal enough for a diagnosis for schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent, auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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What are the two types of catatonia schizophrenia and what are are the the symptoms of both, also can you have both types or just one?

What are the two types of catatonia schizophrenia and what are are the the symptoms of both, also can you have both types or just one?

Rare in general: Now, it is officially a symptom, but most drs still think of it as a subtype. The polar features of waxy statue-like stillness and unusual posturing vs the uncontrolled excessive motor activity that in the highest degree can be life threatening. They would not be concurrent, but I suppose it could be possible to have episodes of both kinds. It is all quite rare. Think "expressing: not "having". ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of catatonic schizophernia?

What are the early symptoms of catatonic schizophernia?

Odd ideas, voices: Schizophrenia usually first shows in late teens or early 20s with social withdrawal and odd ideas that don't make sense to others. Auditory hallucinations (imaginary voices) are common too, although the person may not admit to hearing them. Self-care (hygiene, grooming) suffer, as well as school or work performance. Catatonia — stupor, immobility, posturing — is not usually an early symptom. ...Read more

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Catatonic Schizophrenia (Definition)

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 ...Read more