Clinical Grand Rounds April 26, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium
Clinical Grand Rounds
Adult Mood and Anxiety Service
Hidden in Plain Sight: Catatonia
Neil Puri, MD
Priya Gopalan, MD
Timothey Denko, MD
While catatonia was classically thought to be associated with psychosis, classified in the DSM as a subtype of schizophrenia, research and clinical experience has shown that mood disorders are the number one cause of this syndrome, followed by medical conditions and primary psychotic disorders. Astute clinicians should, therefore, consider catatonia on their differential diagnosis when patient's present with unusual behavioral or motoric findings. In this clinical grand rounds, the presenters will outline the history of our understanding of catatonia as a syndrome and provide an overview of its prevalence in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and medical settings. We will use a case-based format to discuss etiology, physical examination, and ways to synthesize the symptomatology in a way that is practical and clinically applicable.