You may have heard the term “catatonic schizophrenia,” but this diagnosis no longer officially exists. It used to be one of the subtypes of schizophrenia.
The following is an interview with a catatonic Schizophrenic with a student who demonstrates negativism in a catatonic schizophrenic.
Although we are talking about a person with schizophrenia, I think that we all can resonate with this man in a number of ways. Like when he says, “People dislike me because I am not exactly like them.” This is something that I feel down deep into my soul and I think this telling interview will make people think twice about PEOPLE who have brain disorders that they cannot control.
Catatonic schizophrenia is a rare mental disorder characterized by striking motor behavior, typically involving either significant reductions involuntary movement or hyperactivity and agitation.
A person with the disorder might make loud exclamations for no reason at all while pacing back and forth. Parrot-like repetition or echoing of words, also known as echolalia, is also a common catatonic behavior.
Symptoms of catatonic schizophrenia may include:
stupor (a state close to unconsciousness)
catalepsy (trance seizure with rigid body)
waxy flexibility (limbs stay in the position another person puts them in)
mutism (lack of verbal response)
negativism (lack of response stimuli or instruction)
posturing (holding a posture that fights gravity)
mannerism (odd and exaggerated movements)
stereotypy (repetitive movements for no reason)
agitation (not influenced by eternal stimuli)
grimacing (contorted facial movements)
echolalia (meaningless repetition of another person’s word)
echopraxia (meaningless repetition of another person’s movements)