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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.


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What are the symptoms of psychomotor retardation?

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.


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Is there any medicine for treating psychomotor retardation?

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

See below...: Fatigue and lack of energy are not uncommon symptoms of dysthymia. Also, when dysthymia gets severe, one might be experiencing an episode of major depression on top of their chronic dysthymia (known as double depression); psychomotor retardation is quite common then. ...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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