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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1984 Aug; 172(8): 502-4.

The Amytal interview in the diagnosis of late onset psychosis with cultural features presenting as catatonic stupor.

Pellegrini AJ, Putman P.

A case history of a man with atypical psychosis who exhibited catatonic stupor is reported. Amytal interview procedures used and the differential diagnosis for catatonia are discussed. Response to Loxitane was excellent, though this was clouded by the patient's belief in root medicine, a source of cultural incongruity between him and his therapist. Distinguishing between psychosis and cultural belief systems is shown to be essential in therapy.

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