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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Psychomotor Retardation (Overview)

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 reason such as depression.


Dr. Glen Elliott
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What are the symptoms of psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Glen Elliott
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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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Psychomotor Retardation (Overview)

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 reason such as depression.


Dr. Andrew Ho
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Is there any medicine for treating psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Andrew Ho
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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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Dr. Glen Elliott
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What are the symptoms of psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Mark Reynolds
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What is psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Mark Reynolds
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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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Is there any medicine for treating psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Andrew Ho
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25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Pls can you advice what psychomotor retardation is ?. Thanks

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Can dysthymia ever be so severe as to involve noticeable psychomotor retardation?

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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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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Do I have psychomotor retardation if I can't type fast when sleepy?

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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Dr. Mark Reynolds
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Is psychomotor agitation different from psychomotor retardation?

Dr. Mark Reynolds
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What kind of a family support i can give to 27 year old son with psychomotor retardation due to depression?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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