What{s Catatonic Schizophrenia

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Catatonic Schizophrenia is a specific type of schizophrenia, or brain malfunction, which is distinguished by extreme, yet direct opposite behaviors. Its symptoms focus on movement and motor skills. You might be more familiar with the "catatonic stupor", where the individual is incapable of movement, speech or response to external stimuli. Oppositely, catatonic schizophrenia manifests as voluntary bizarre movements, repetitive nonsensical words and/or sounds. Basically, an individual gets 'stuck' either in a trance-like state or in a hyper-excited state. Both types are serious, but treatable. To receive a diagnosis of catatonic schizophrenia, an individual must first be diagnosed with schizophrenia. Once all the symptoms are evaluated, it will become obvious whether or not they qualify for the specific catatonic diagnosis. What are Symptoms Specific to Catatonic Schizophrenia? • Malfunctioning Motor Skills – Incapable of body movement. Mutism. Body clenched in a stiff position. No awareness of environment. • Waxy Flexibility – Person appears like a wax figure, remaining immobile, but body is flexible. For example, if a limb is repositioned, the individual will hold it in that position and stare, barely blinking until the limb falls back down from fatigue. • Excessive, Constant Mobility – Frenzied pacing, spinning in circles, flailing of arms, constantly moving but going nowhere. • Bizarre Movement – curious mannerisms, grimacing, rocking, exhibiting weird or

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