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what's going on inside the mind of someone in a catatonic state?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
36 years experience Psychiatry
It differs: Catatonia can result from different causes, e.g., severe psychosis or severe depression. The person's mental state can differ accordingly: stuporous, highly confused, utterly hopeless, psychotic, etc. Although motionless and apparently inert, catatonic states can also be high-anxiety, i.e., too terrified to move. It's impossible to know just by looking.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016

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