Catatonia and Autism

Man with catatonia looking llstless and withdrawn

Catatonia is a complex disorder covering a range of abnormalities of posture, movement, speech and behaviour associated with over- as well as under-activity.

In individuals with autism, catatonia is shown by the onset of any of the following features:

- increased slowness affecting movements and/or verbal responses;

- difficulty in initiating completing and inhibiting actions;

- increased reliance on physical or verbal prompting by others;

- increased passivity and apparent lack of motivation.

- other manifestations and associated behaviours include Parkinsonian features including 'freezing', excitement and agitation, and a marked increase in repetitive and ritualistic behaviour.

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18 Jun 2018