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Catatonia is a neurological disorder classified as a psychomotor syndrome. The condition affects approximately 10% of patients with acute psychiatric conditions. Most people think of a catatonic state as a total lack of movement or brain activity. However, some people develop excited catatonia, which presents as agitation.

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1. Akinetic Catatonia

Experts define akinetic catatonia as the inability to move voluntarily, also known as akinesia. This type of catatonia also includes catalepsy, a coma-like state that includes body rigidity and loss of sensation, the inability or refusal to speak, and near-unconsciousness. Tests show that people with this type of catatonia exhibit less activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for social cognition.

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