Why do I get slowed down? – The biology of psychomotor retardation in depression
Mental health

The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

While psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement and thoughts) has long been recognized as a symptom of depression, I think it's probably not on the average person's radar when they think about depression. The biology of psychomotor retardation is also poorly understood. What psychomotor retardation is Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is most often associated with the melancholic… Continue reading The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis
Depression

How Depression Affects Movement

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects.  There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis.  These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of depression. … Continue reading How Depression Affects Movement

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What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is psychomotor retardation. Psychomotor retardation is one of the less common but more outwardly observable symptoms of depression, and it's listed as one of the possible diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode (in major depressive disorder, bipolar… Continue reading What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

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What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is melancholic depression (melancholia). The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system.  In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as a disease with various mental… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression