Catatonia-phenomenology, psychopathology, and pathophysiology

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The chapter provides an overview about catatonia. Catatonia is a psychomotor syndrome that can be characterized by a peculiar constellation of affective, motor, and behavioral symptoms. Phenomenologically, these patients often report intense and uncontrollable anxieties which they cannot control. These can occur in the context of various psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, depression, and mania. I conclude that catatonia is a final common functional pathway into which different disorders can converge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Experiential Approach to Psychopathology
Subtitle of host publicationWhat is it Like to Suffer From Mental Disorders?
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319299457
ISBN (Print)9783319299433
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Catatonia
  • Intense anxieties
  • Kahlbaum
  • Motor and behavioral changes
  • Syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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