[Magazine] New Scientist. Vol. 210. No 2815

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Echopraxia is also seen in cases with frontal lobe lesions (Lhermitte et al. 1986). Abrams and Taylor (1976) claimed that all varieties of catatonia could occur in mania, but this is not my experience. There is evidence that catatonic phenomena have diminished in frequency since Kraepelin’s turn-of-the-century estimate of 20% in his series of patients with dementia praecox. There is also evidence that they are more common in schizophrenics from developing countries (World Health Organization 1973).

Faces/people ‘All I could see were people in a car and they looked like ghosts. ’ ‘The right side [in his left field] of my mother’s and sister’s faces went completely black. ’ Environment ‘I couldn’t recognize any of my surroundings – people, places. I could recognize certain things. I could recognize qualities of a place, of surfaces. ’ ‘It was like being in one of my paintings [patient was an art student]. I used to go out and see the houses with fascination. ’ of hallucinations about 50%. Visual hallucinations occur in 15% of all subjects, auditory in 50% of all subjects and tactile in 5% of all subjects (Cutting 1990).

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