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  • n  extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
  • 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

  • Awakenings, the movie, starred Robin Williams as the dedicated doctor and Robert DeNiro as a patient temporarily freed from years of catatonia by Sacks' experimental use of the .
  • Sacks' neurological interest in music dates back to the 1960s, when he noted that the parkinsonian patients he was treating could often inexplicably be roused from their catatonia .
  • When she hits on Whitman's game, she prescribes electroshock therapy, then injects a concoction into his jugular vein to induce catatonia.
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  • 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.
    Dec. 26, 2013 - Psychiatric Times
  • 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.
    Dec. 26, 2013 - Psychiatric Times

  • Chris Martin in Sunday Mirror
    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'."

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