Stereotypy

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

Involuntary repetition of gestures and movements for no apparent reason. Stereotypy is not always related to a disease.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Repetitive, abnormally frequent, non­ goal-directed movements, seemingly driven, and nonfunctional motor behavior […].”

Source: American Psychiatric Association. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Fifth Edition. San Francisco: 2013.

Note

  • Some examples: hand shaking, waving, body rocking, head banging, self-biting, etc.
  • Stereotypy may be temporary.
  • In AD or dementia in general, stereotypies may last longer.

Stereotypy : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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