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Dr. Kennedy In some people catalepsy is provoked by extreme emotional shock. Symptoms include rigid body, arms and legs and, oddly enough, the limbs stay in same position when moved. There is also failure to respond to stimulus, loss of muscle control, and slowing down of breathing. Catalepsy is characterized by muscular rigidity, stiff posture and decreased sensitivity to pain. Catalepsy can occur in isolation, or it can manifest as part of the symptoms caused by other disorders. Catalepsy can be produced by, for example, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. It is also a common symptom of cocaine withdrawal, and also can be a side-effect of the drugs used to treat schizophrenia.



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