psychomotor retardation


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

retardation

 [re″tahr-da´shun]
delay; hindrance; delayed development.
mental retardation subnormal general intellectual development, associated with impairment of either learning and social adjustment, maturation, or both; see also mental retardation.
psychomotor retardation a generalized slowing of physical and emotional reaction, such as that seen in major depression and in catatonic schizophrenia.

psy·cho·mo·tor re·tar·da·tion

slowed psychic activity or motor activity, or both.

psychomotor retardation

a generalized slowing of motor activity related to a state of severe depression or dementia.

psychomotor retardation

Psychiatry A generalized slowing of physical reactions–eg, eye-blinking, common in depression

Psychomotor retardation

Slowed mental and physical processes characteristic of a bipolar depressive episode.
Mentioned in: Bipolar Disorder
References in periodicals archive ?
Additional symptoms range from mild depression to generalized weakness, sluggishness, forgetfulness, personality decline, and psychomotor retardation.
Analysis of depressed patients across several studies showed no difference in response by gender, in the elderly, or in those with psychomotor agitation or psychomotor retardation (depressed patients whose thoughts and actions are either sped up or very slowed down).
He cited depressed mood, diminished interest, fatigue or loss of energy, diminished concentration, psychomotor retardation, and insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
The neuropsychiatric symptoms range from mild depression to generalized weakness, sluggishness, forgetfulness, steady personality decline, and psychomotor retardation.
Sure, you might be able to "see" a person with psychomotor retardation and a blunted affect.
There is some agreement that antidepressants put depressives at risk because they decrease psychomotor retardation before they have an elevating effect on mood.
Depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and psychomotor retardation are the least common residual symptoms of treatment of major depressive disorder.