The pharmacological treatment of catatonia: an overview

  • Gabor S. Ungvari
  • Leung Siu Kau
  • Tang Wai-Kwong
  • Ng Fung Shing
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Abstract

Over the past two decades, catatonia, particularly its acutely emerging akinetic-hypokinetic (stuporous) variant, has gradually regained its importance in descriptive psychopathology. Electroconvulsive therapy and lately benzodiazepines are not only effective treatment options in this form of catatonia, but also helped generate neurobiological hypotheses concerning its pathophysiology. Within this broad framework, this paper summarizes the results of recent benzodiazepine treatment response studies in catatonic movement disorders with particular reference to the authors' own studies in Chinese patients with catatonia.

Key words Catatonia Treatment Benzodiazepines Electroconvulsive therapy 

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabor S. Ungvari
    • 1
  • Leung Siu Kau
    • 2
  • Tang Wai-Kwong
    • 1
  • Ng Fung Shing
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, China, E-mail: gsungvari@cuhk.edu.hkCN
  2. 2.Castle Peak Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, ChinaCN

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