Catalepsy is a condition in which a person loses their desire to move. He does not adjust his body into appropriate and comfortable positions. His arms and legs can be placed in bizarre positions, as though he were a wax figure. A patient with catalepsy is said to be in a catatonic state. He can hold his trunk and limbs for long periods of time in almost any position in which they are placed. For example, if a doctor places the patients hands over his head, they remain in that position longer than a normal person would keep them there. The cataleptic person is not paralyzed. He can move, but he lacks the will to move. Catalepsy usually occurs in association with a form of mental illness called Schizophrenia. It sometimes occurs in Hysteria. This mental condition, Catalepsy differs from cataplexy, which it is often confused with.
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