Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms

Definition: Complex, elaborate, coordinated movements or acts performed involuntarily with no or only partial recollection that they occurred (Oyebode 2008).


Exploration: The presence of automatism is detected by observation and established by interaction with patient to ascertain that he/she has no or only partial recollection of the event that occurred.



Oyebode F. Sims’ symptoms in the mind. An introduction to descriptive psychopathology. 4th Ed. Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier; 2008, p. 90.


Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek

December 08, 2016