Catatonia has been known for more than 150 years, but it still confuses clinicians.1 Here, we review 3 aspects of psychiatric practice that are crucial for the optimal care of a patient with catatonia: identification, treatment, and prevention. Catatonia, a psychomotor syndrome, reminds us that the mind engages with the world through the body. Being in the world is always a bodily experience. Mental health is the internal equilibrium that assures a harmonious relationship between body and mind.2 Clinicians make inferences about this relationship through conversation and via observation and examination of the body. Whenever a person does not engage with the world, catatonia needs to be considered.
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Heckers S, Walther S. Caring for the Patient With Catatonia. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021;78(5):560–561. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0096
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