What Does Catatonic Mean?


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Catatonic is the term used to describe a state in which the person suffering some mental disorder and is unable to respond to external stimuli. The patient is apparently awake but displays no external signs of recognising any advances made. The condition of catatonia is not a disease in itself it is merely one of the symptoms of some other underlying psychological problem.

There is either an extreme rigidity of the limbs or an extreme laxness. The condition has nothing whatsoever to do with the physical health of the subject and is purely a mental condition.

Usually the underlying mental disorders that develop catatonia include bipolar disorder, depression, disorders related to post traumatic stress, drug abuse and schizophrenia.

The two states of catatonia are known as stupor or catatonic excitement.
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n.  An abnormal condition variously
characterised by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and either rigidity or
extreme flexibility of the limbs. It is most often associated with

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