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A form of motor aphasia characterised by stereotyped utterances repeated multiple times, as if by compulsion; an involuntary compulsion to perform an act. Automatisms are associated with organic brain disease in the temporal neocortex.
Psychomotor epilepsy, catatonic schizophrenia, psychogenic fugue, complex partial seizure, post-traumatic automatism, etc.
Automatic and apparently undirected non-purposeful behaviour that is not consciously controlled.
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verbal stereotypyAutomatism, see there.
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