Autism and catatonia: interview with Dr Amitta Shah

Dr Amitta Shah is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 35 years’ experience in working with autistic children and adults. Amitta kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the National Autistic Society Professional Conference in 2017.

In this video Amitta discusses catatonia in autistic people and explores what treatments are available to support those affected. 

Amitta has also written an article for us exploring catatonia and catatonia-type breakdown in autism.

You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Download a PDF transcript of this interview

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism? 

2. Can you tell us about your current work?

3. What is catatonia and how is it linked to autism?

4. Can you tell us what the early indicators of catatonia are in autistic people? 

5. How does catatonia differ in autistic people – if at all?

6. Are there any treatments for catatonia in autistic people, and are they effective?

Further information

Shah, Dr. Amitta, 2019, Catatonia, shutdown and breakdown in autism, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Author: Dr Amitta Shah

Date added: 22 June 2017