Catatonia is not a
diagnosis, but a symptom of other diagnoses (e.g., depression,
schizophrenia). It's characterized by unresponsiveness even
when apparently awake. That, you probably knew. In the catatonia
section of DSM-5 is a small flurry of vocabulary you probably don't
already know. You don't have to know this vocabulary
to consider yourself prepared for the social work licensing exam.
It's not likely to be on the exam. It just might come in
Here's a quick matching game to help you get it all-the-way
learned. Your job: pair the symptom of catatonia with its
description. To make it easier, you might consider quickly reading
the list here
before trying to do the matching. We were stumped by these here at
SWTP HQ and we managed to get licensed. So, really, this is just an
3. Waxy flexibility
A. Slight, even resistance to positioning by examiner
B. Opposition or no response to instructions or external
C. Mimicking another's speech.
D. Repetitive, abnormally frequent, non-goal-directed
E. Spontaneous and active maintenance of a posture against
F. Mimicking another's movements.
G. Odd, circumstantial caricature of normal actions.
H. No psychomotor activity; not actively relating to the
I. Passive induction of a posture held against gravity.
J. No, or very little, verbal response.
Answers are in
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