catatonia catatonia


  1. (n) extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
  2. (n) a form of schizophrenia characterized by a tendency to remain in a fixed stuporous state for long periods; the catatonia may give way to short periods of extreme excitement


  1. When she hits on Whitman's game, she prescribes electroshock therapy, then injects a concoction into his jugular vein to induce catatonia.
  2. To watch De Niro shrink into the shadow of catatonia is to be made aware of his great gifts of body control, of withdrawing into character, of seeming to be.
  3. Once a year, Hollywood tries to kill off TV by driving all gogglebox viewers past he point where boredom becomes catatonia.


  1. Charles H. Kellner, MD

    Catatonia—a syndrome of disturbed motor, mood, and systemic signs (eg, rigidity, immobility, mutism, staring, posturing, waxy flexibility, echopraxia, echolalia, and stereotypies)—has led to the clarification of its appropriate treatment.
    on December 26, 2013     Source: Psychiatric Times

  2. ECT and Catatonia: Out of the Shadows

    The syndrome of catatonia is being increasingly recognized, both academically and clinically, and it is pulling ECT into the spotlight along with it. 1 Twenty years ago, one would have said that catatonia was extinct, except perhaps for the rare patient with the catatonic subtype of schizophrenia.
    on December 26, 2013     Source: Psychiatric Times


  • As Coldplay accepted the award from Cerys, Chris gushed: "Eight to 10 years ago we supported Catatonia on tour and you let me hold your cigarette and I thought, 'Maybe I've got a chance'."
    on Oct 6, 2008 By: Chris Martin Source: Sunday Mirror

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