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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2014, Article ID 309517, 4 pages
Case Report

Adolescent Catatonia Successfully Treated with Lorazepam and Aripiprazole

1Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA
2Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
3Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Received 29 June 2014; Accepted 4 August 2014; Published 12 August 2014

Academic Editor: Norio Yasui-Furukori

Copyright © 2014 Aaron J. Roberto et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Catatonia is especially concerning in children and adolescents. It leads to significant impairment, including emotional distress, difficulty communicating, and other debilitating symptoms. In this case report, we discuss a patient with no previous history of neuroleptic medication or psychotic symptoms, presenting with first-episode catatonia in the presence of disorganized, psychotic thoughts. We then review the catatonia syndrome, citing examples in the literature supporting its underdiagnosis in children and adolescents, and discuss successful treatment modalities. It is important to diagnose and treat catatonia as efficiently as possible, to limit functional and emotional distress to the patient.