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Psychiatr Prax. 1996 Mar;23(2):69-73.

[The subjective experience in catatonia: systematic study of 24 catatonic patients].

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  • 1Universität Frankfurt, Abteilung für Klinische Psychiatrie II, Frankfurt am Main.


Catatonic patients are often not able to communicate their subjective experiences behind their "fassade of immobility." Therefore was retrospectively (3 weeks later) investigated subjective experiences in 24 catatonic patients with a self-assessment-scale especially for catatonia developed by us. Our results showed that catatonic patients subjectively experience less their altered movements but rather cognitive, i.e. ambivalence, or affective, i.e. intense emotions which couldn't be controlled, alterations. According to our results we were able to distinguish an emotive (intense anxiety) from a non-emotive, i.e. cognitive (predominating ambivalence), subtype in catatonia with regard to subjective experience.

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