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This is a page about catatonic state. For the band, see Catatonia (band).

Catatonia is a severe psychiatric and medical condition, characterized by, in catatonic stupor, a general absence of motor activity, and, in catatonic excitement, violent, hyperactive behavior directed at oneself or others but with no visible purpose. Catatonia is associated with a number of other psychiatric and medical conditions, such as the life-threatening neuroleptic malignant syndrome as well as bipolar disorder (most commonly), drug abuse, depression, and schizophrenia. Depending on the case, there are a variety of available treatments, including benzodiazepines.

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