I have had depressed moods where, if I at all allowed myself to do so by not doing things constantly, I would essentially freeze up
. In its more extreme forms, which during a period happened far too frequently, if I laid down or even if I sat down in place without making sure I constantly did things, I would find that I simply could not move, with generally but not always the exceptions of my eyes, my toes, and my fingertips. In these sorts of states, even when walking around, I would often find myself falling into some sort of autopilot, where, e.g., I would keep on walking in a given direction or keep my head pointed in a certain direction, but I could not easily change what I was doing or even what way I was going. In less extreme versions of this, I would largely freeze up when lying down or sitting for a length, but I would still be able to move my limbs some even though I would not be able to get up. In its very most extreme forms, on the other hand, I simply could not move anything - even my eyes.
The only thing I really could do about these in my cases is to make sure I kept on constantly doing things of some sort to keep myself from freezing up, and if I froze up, I could generally slowly work myself out of it by wiggling my toes and fingers until I managed to free up my more of my extremities, and s on. This did not work with the very most extreme forms of this, though, where I essentially was stuck able to do absolutely nothing at all, even look at things, until my mood changed some.
The one major exception to all of this, though, is that I found that I could usually be broken out of being frozen if something or someone in my environment compelled me to do something, even though at its most extreme even that would generally be barely enough (e.g. I would have trouble picking up and answering a phone right in front of me within arm's reach then, even though I would generally still manage to do it).
Edited by Closure, 09 January 2012 - 06:29 PM.