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what is the difference between catatonia and "emotional unavailability"?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
28 years experience Psychiatry
A LOT!: Catatonia is a sign of severe mental illness. Patients with catatonia are not thinking clearly. Sometimes they take minutes to answer a simple question. Sometimes their answer does not correspond to the question. They often have odd movements or will not move for long periods of time.
Answered on Mar 7, 2015
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Difference: Catatonia refers to a state of schizophrenia where the patient doesn't move, appears like a statue, and has no emotional expression on their face. Emotionally unavailable can refer to a preoccupied person, a person whose emotions are effectively in deep freeze of sorts due to trauma, or a person who has schizoid personality disorder the hallmark of which is indifference to relationships.
Answered on Mar 11, 2015

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