Repetitive movements

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Shohei Harase

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Shohei Harase, MD

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Stereotypic movement disorder is a condition in which a person engages in repetitive, often rhythmic, but purposeless movements. The exact cause is often unknown The cause of stereotypic movement disorder is not known. However, the movements tend to increase if the person is stressed, frustrated, or bored. Some things which have been known to cause the disorder are certain physical conditions, head injuries, and use of some drugs (such as cocaine).

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Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Repetitive movements

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  • Do you have repetitive movements such as head shaking or nodding?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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