Catalepsy is defined by a one-time loss of voluntary muscle contractions in the body. The position of the cataleptic is similar to that of statues. The body stops in mid-movement and is frozen in its action. Muscle contraction is involuntary in cases of catalepsy and a major tensing of the muscles then prevents changing the spontaneously adopted position. Catalepsy may be psychological particularly in the context of diseases such as schizophrenia
. It may also be neurological when caused by a brain tumor or Parkinson's, among others. Catalepsy could be artificially induced by hypnosis.
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