Akathisia as Violence
J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58:31-32 [letter]
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Letter to the Editor
Sir: Manifestations of akathisia, a side effect of antipsychotic
drugs, include restlessness, muscular tension, and a compulsion
to move. Infrequently, agitation and violence have
been reported to be associated with antipsychotic treatment and could be related to akathisia. Differentiating between akathisia
that manifests itself as violence and generalized psychotic
agitation is clinically important in order to avoid a vicious
circle of violence in patients who are being treated with antipsychotics.
We report a case of persistent agitation and violence
in a patient with bipolar mood disorder that was probably
a manifestation of akathisia.