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Akathisia

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Updated May 15, 2012

Definition:
Akathisia is a movement disorder characterized by inner restlessness and the inability to sit or stand still. Akathisia may appear as a side effect of long-term use of antipsychotic medications, Lithium, and some other psychiatric drugs.

Persons with akathisia typically have restless movements of the arms and legs such as tapping, marching in place, rocking, crossing and uncrossing the legs. They may feel anxious at the thought of sitting down.

Pronunciation:
ack-uh-THIZ-ee-uh
Alternate Spellings: acathisia
Common Misspellings: akathesia - akithisia

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