“Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism” – June PDSG Presentation by Dr Linda Buchan

Sadly, Axia have had to suspend our Post-Diagnostic Support Group meetings this year, no guesses as to why!
However, in a bid to stay in touch with the group and keep everyone’s spirits up, Linda kindly performed the presentation intended for our June PDSG, whilst Calvin and Renwick discussed what they were doing during the lockdown.
We really hope you enjoy our offering this month, and we look forward to producing more virtual presentations in the coming months whilst our normal meetings are being interrupted.
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“Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism”

Dr. Linda Buchan, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Axia

There is some evidence that at least 17% of the Autistic individuals will experience catatonia at some point in their lives. The term ‘catatonia’, although first mentioned in 1874, remains misunderstood.

This presentation will try and clear up some of the misconceptions, describe catatonia and look at the potential overlap with Autism. There will be a focus on looking for the early signs of a catatonic episode and what can be done to help Autistic individuals experiencing catatonia.

“Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism”

Axia Post-Diagnostic Support Group
June 2020

with Dr Linda Buchan

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2 comments on ““Catatonia, Shutdown and Breakdown in Autism” – June PDSG Presentation by Dr Linda Buchan
  1. Senior says:

    Thanks again, Linda, calvin & Renwick. The thing that struck me most forcibly in your presentation is the ‘knife-edge’ between seeming ‘normality’ and just a few fears, stresses, anxieties too far. I’m sure almost all of the global population have gotten close to this edge on numerous occasions. So I think this was very apt while we are still under lockdown. In remembering the huge impact it has had on others, it allows some of us to get our own (somewhat minor)struggles into perspective. Whereas the lockdown here hasn’t been entirely stress-free, it has also been a huge opportunity to catch up with some ‘spring cleaning’ and things not previously experienced. Your team spirit and resolve is greatly appreciated and admired.

  2. Linda Buchan says:

    Many thanks

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