catatonic schizophrenia

noun

Definition of catatonic schizophrenia

:a type of schizophrenia characterized by episodes of catatonia
  • Of all the types of schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia displays perhaps the widest range of behavioral symptoms.
  • —Allen Rubin and Kathi Trawver, in Psychosocial Treatment of Schizophrenia2010
  • In catatonic schizophrenia, the patient shows some abnormality in psychomotor function such as extreme excitement, rigidity, “waxy flexibility,” or mutism.
  • —Ronald W. PiesClinical Manual of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment1994

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