Catatonia in Dual Diagnosis: a Case Report

  • Suet Kee Ong
  • Francesco Piacenza
  • Barkat Masood
Clinical Case Studies


Catatonia is a syndrome resulting in both severe motor and speech disturbances. Catatonia in a dual diagnosis of cannabis dependence and depressive disorder is presented. A 28-year-old male, who had background diagnoses of cannabis dependence and moderate depressive episode, was admitted involuntarily to a psychiatry unit due to aggressiveness. A diagnosis of catatonia was made (Bush-Francis Catatonia Rating Scale score = 19/69). Routine blood profile, CT scan brain, anti-NMDA, anti-potassium channel and anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antibodies were all normal. He was treated with lorazepam. His symptoms resolved completely after 5 days.


Catatonia Cannabis Dual diagnosis Substance misuse Mood disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital WaterfordWaterfordIreland

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