What Does Psychomotor Mean?


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The term psychomotor is an adjective which, simply put, is used to mean of or pertaining to motor action which directly proceeds from mental activity. In other words it means of or pertaining to movement or muscular activity that is associated with mental processes, in particular affects, such as in psychomotor slowing typically associated with depression.

A related term is psychomotor retardation which reflects as a slowing down of thought which is accompanied by a decline of physical movements exhibited by an individual. It is most frequently observed in individuals suffering from clinical depression in which it signifies a degree of severity. Such psychomotor retardation is commonly seen along with psychosis. Those who suffer from this are sometimes mistakenly thought to be suffering from dementia.

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