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Seeming not: Catatonic disorders are a group of symptoms characterized by disturbances in muscular movement behavior that may have either a psychological/physiological basis. The best-known symptoms are immobility--a rigid positioning of the body held for a considerable length of time. Pts dx. with a catatonic dis. may maintain their body position for hours, days. They seem not to be aware of surrounding. ...Read more
It differs: Catatonia can result from different causes, e.g., severe psychosis or severe depression. The person's mental state can differ accordingly: stuporous, highly confused, utterly hopeless, psychotic, etc. Although motionless and apparently inert, catatonic states can also be high-anxiety, i.e., too terrified to move. It's impossible to know just by looking. ...Read more
I involuntarily got into catatonic state, mind went totally blank, I was fully aware and still standing for about 1 min. How to do that voluntarily ?
Acting school: I imagine a good actor can, and there could be a role that demands it. But, otherwise - why in the world would you want to do it? Anyway - it is a fairly rare psychiatric symptom and I'd only heard of much longer durations than a minute. This may not have been a classic catatonic state - but do let your psychiatrist know about it. If it was something else, they need to discover what. (Side EFX) ...Read more
Rare now.: Catatonia is a dazed state where the patient becomes rigid and is often noted in schizophrenia. When it is severe and prolonged and they don't eat, they can be fed intravenously but with the treatment available now, this state is almost non-existent. They may lose continence when catatonic as i said this is very rare with current medications. ...Read more
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 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
Many Causes: Catatonia is a state of neurogenic motor immobility, and behavioral abnormality manifested by stupor. In other words the patient is unable to move and unable to communicate with others. Often associated with psychiatric illness especially schizophrenia, it can also occur due to medical conditions such as infections like encephalitis, metabolic disorders, and medication interactions. ...Read more
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