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How does catatonic schizophrenia affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Catatonic schizophrenia affects the body through allowing your body to stay in odd positions or be unresponsive to external stimuli. One way that catatonic schizophrenia affects the body is through a condition called waxy flexibility. Catatonic schizophrenics who have this disorder will not move a body part when it is placed in a position by another individual. For instance, a catatonic schizophrenic whose arm is bent will not straighten it for a long period of time. In addition, schizophrenia involves being unaware of or misinterpreting what is real. For this reason, people with schizophrenia are more likely to engage in certain activities that can negatively impact the body, such as alcoholism, violence towards one' s self or others, and suicidal thoughts.

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