Catatonia in adolescence: a case report

Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2008 Apr;5(4):37-41.


The pathogenesis of catatonia is poorly understood and it can be fatal without effective treatment. Therefore, a swift diagnosis is necessary to treat this condition. It has been rarely described in children and adolescents. In a literature search, we have found only one reported case of excited catatonia described in a 16-year-old girl. In the following case report, we discuss a 16-year-old boy who presented with bipolar disorder-manic with catatonia. Through this case report, we hope to highlight some key points in the diagnosis and management of catatonia.

Keywords: adolescent; bipolar disorder; catatonia; excited catatonia.

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  • Case Reports