Catatonia is a state of excited or inhibited motor activity, in the absence of a mood disorder, such as depression or elation, or neurological disease.
The term was used in the past to describe a distinct syndrome. Now however it more often describes symptoms which occur individually.
Stupor and excitement are the more prominent symptoms.
Other abnormal behaviours include:
- repeated movements
- indefinitely prolonged maintenance
of a fixed body posture
- characterized by lack of response to external stimuli
and by muscular rigidity
- may occur in variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia
- also can be induced by hypnosis
- characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity
- indefinitely prolonged maintenance of a fixed body posture
- cataleptic is defined as
- pertaining to, characterized by, or inducing catalepsy, or,
- a person affected with catalepsy
Last reviewed 01/2018