physiological disorder - rapid hand movement directly in field of view

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I recall reading about a physiological disorder in college in which one of the primary symptoms was that the patient would hold his hands a few inches in front of his face, wiggled his fingers rapidly, and played out a fictional scenario in his mind.

Does anyone know the name of this?
Question by:modsiw
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    Well, your description sounds like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), but it is a therapy not a disorder per se.

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    It might be that someone had some other problem and independently discovered that this technique relieved their suffering, but this was miscategorized as a symptom and not just a coping mechanism for their real problem.
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    Are you thinking of hand-flapping in autism?  You also see this in Rett syndrome.
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    Possible temporal lobe epilepsy.
    Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is similar.

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