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lonenomad
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   Posted 2/26/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm feeling pretty confused.

A lot of the time, when I'm faced with a heavy amount of stress, I shut down. What happens is that it becomes almost impossible to talk. I stare off and am completely unresponsive. It becomes difficult to concentrate and usually I find my mind occupied by simple things, such as a song or thinking about scenes from a tv show or movie...very easy things to think about despite the amount of stress I was presented with. I can become limp, but most of the time, I'm very rigid. I'm not really sure how long these periods last, but I'm not totally immobile as I can willfully get up and move if I have to, but it takes an exhorbatant amount of will power. I still tend to be unresponsive but my motor skills return. I might go back to feeling immobile if I relax and find it difficult to move again. Occasionally these moments come with a repetitive type of behavior, like scratching at something or tapping.

I heard some of these symptoms described and it was attributed to a catatonic stupor. I always thought that those symptoms were some kind of weird anxiety attack. But instead of panicing and becoming nervous, my body shuts down and seperates from what stressed me altogether.

Has anyone else had experiences like this?

bunnypucker
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   Posted 2/26/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
i have similar experiences. staring off into space. being completely void of emotion, people tell me my face just looks blank. it seems like everything is in slow motion and moving is extremely difficult, i am so weak i cant even squeeze soap in the shower, that is if i can muster up the mental and physical strength to take one.

i dont know why this happens but ive told my pdoc and she says its not unusual. hope this helps.

bunny
Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 and Bipolar, Migraines, Hypothyroid
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking Levisin, Clidinium and nexium for my CD. I'm off my remicade--nervous. I am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar, Wellbutrin and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BP med. im on fentanyl patches for pain also, and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes. And now i also am hypothyroid, anything else?!


lonenomad
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   Posted 2/27/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Is that a response to stress though? What your describing to me could be interpreted as some symptoms of being depressed. The kind of episode I was talking about was a brief amount of time...an immediate response to stress where there is little to no response from me to other stimuli because it seems almost impossible, even if I try. Rigidity is also one of the main factors and repetitive behavior. Is it like that?

bunnypucker
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   Posted 2/27/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm i guess what happens to me might be different. things are an ultimate effort but i can react.
 
i really hope you find some answers
 
bunny
Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 and Bipolar, Migraines, Hypothyroid
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking Levisin, Clidinium and nexium for my CD. I'm off my remicade--nervous. I am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar, Wellbutrin and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BP med. im on fentanyl patches for pain also, and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes. And now i also am hypothyroid, anything else?!


serafena
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   Posted 2/28/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Lonenomad:

I confess I've never talked to anyone else who's experienced that. It sounds uncomfortable. Have you talked to your doc about it? Are you being treated for anxiety also?

serafena
Serafena
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Bipolar II
It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare


lonenomad
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   Posted 2/28/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have talked to my doctor about it. I know it does appear in bipolar patients but mostly it seems to be in patients with schizophrenia. Catatonia can be really serious as it can last for hours, days, weeks...people die of mal-nutrition if not treated. I haven't documented how long I am in that state but it can't be longer than 20-30 minutes and the symptoms aren't severe so I am not in any danger. It just seems weird, you know?

I recently went to my psychiatrist and am steadily raising my lamictal. I've had a lot of success with it so far, so I'm happy about it...just needs to be raised.

For anxiety, she gave me xanax to take on emergency.
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