Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms

Oppositional negativism


Definition: Performing the opposite action to request.


Exploration: The patient is requested to lift his/her arm and in response puts down arm, or requested  to hold examiner’s hand and in response pulls hand away (Bush et al. 1996).



Bush G, Fink M, Petrides G, Dowling F, Francis A. Catatonia: I. Rating scale and standarized examination. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1996; 93:129-36.


Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek

September 22, 2016