Ever since I was a little girl, I've never been very good with 1 on 1 relationships. As my mother puts it: "I can charm the pants off a crowd, but when I have to speak to someone one on one, I become antisocial basically." When I was 16 I was diagnosed as being depressed. My mother forced me to go see a psychiatrist because she found out I was a cutter. He then prescribed me Prozac and I made her believe it worked so I didn't have to go anymore. I'm now about to be 26 and approximately 2-3 years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The point is when I used to cut, I would become catatonic and unresponsive. When I was a child if I was punished for something or extremely upset about something I would also become catatonic, which concerned my mother. Now I become catatonic, it seems, for no reason. I am under a lot of stress from work, my relationship, and my personal life outside of work. When I get this way, it frustrates my fiance because he thinks I'm just ignoring him intentionally. I've tried explaining to him that it is something called being catatonic and told him the definition, he thinks I'm just making up excuses, of course. My question is that with bipolar disorder, is it possible to become catatonic sometimes if put under too much duress? I have started worrying that I may be schizophrenic because I am also very socially anxious and paranoid. I have read a lot about both mental illnesses and they say that the 2 are very similar. I had a great aunt with schizophrenia, my mother is bipolar, and my grandmother was, well a lot of things, but mainly OCD. Can someone please let me know what I should do?
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