- a syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion.
Origin of catatonia
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It is true that it is frequent in catatonia but is not exclusively there.
Taxonomic zeal began to blind vision when Kahlbaum formulated his "Catatonia" and included stupor in the symptom complex.
Fortunately Kahlbaum prevented serious error by leaving the prognosis of his catatonia open.
Then you can check your notes and decide if it's schizophrenia, or catatonia, or psychasthenia, or what not.A Thought For Tomorrow
Robert E. Gilbert
- a state of muscular rigidity and stupor, sometimes found in schizophrenia
C20: New Latin, from German Katatonie, from cata- + -tonia, from Greek tonos tension
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Word Origin and History for catatonia
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- An abnormal condition often associated with schizophrenia and variously characterized by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs.
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