Catatonia

No, not the Welsh band.

A state of being that at least 20% of autistic people experience at some point in their lives. Including me, it seems.

I’m reading a book on it. Might review it when I’m done. If I’m ever done. Having a hard time finishing books lately. I just flit from one to another, distracted and unable to settle. Anyway, I digress.

There was a period a few years ago when I frequently experienced catatonia. Except I didn’t know what it was at the time. I found myself frozen in place, unable to move. And through sheer effort I sometimes managed to move my thumb. Which was enough to scroll on my phone and use predictive text to sort of type. These episodes lasted from minutes to hours. And were very scary.

What made them worse is that I had no idea what was wrong with me. I suspected maybe some kind of weird seizure or other neurological disorder. Catatonia did enter my consciousness but all I could find about it related to acute catatonia more associated with schizophrenia. There really wasn’t much literature on autistic catatonia.

Today I came across this book and bingo. I now know that was happening to me. Later chapters of the book supposedly have care plans and suggestions for helping people out of catatonia. So I’m looking forward to reading those.

Fingers crossed I keep reading until then.

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