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What are movement disorders with schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Movement disorders cause unusual movements and behavior in people with schizophrenia. Movement disorders are one of the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, which refer to unusual behaviors and psychotic symptoms. On occasion, people with movement disorders from schizophrenia appear agitated or distressed. They may have tics, repeatedly performing a seemingly senseless body movement. Movement disorders can also cause people with schizophrenia to experience a catatonic state. When someone is catatonic, they will not move, nor will they talk, or react to voices or noises. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that catatonia is not as common now, since antipsychotic medications have become so effective at treating schizophrenia.

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