By Perminder Sachdev

ISBN-10: 051153020X

ISBN-13: 9780511530203

ISBN-10: 0521031486

ISBN-13: 9780521031486

ISBN-10: 0521444268

ISBN-13: 9780521444262

This quantity presents the 1st finished account of the medical and scientific facets of akathisia and similar syndromes resembling stressed legs syndrome (RLS), other kinds of motor restlessness, and neuroleptic-induced dysphoria. the main target is on drug-induced akathisia and its numerous subtypes. the writer explores its dating to the restlessness as a result of different neurological issues, provides a brand new synthesis of the pathophysiological mechanisms of akathisia, and gives arguments for brand spanking new operational standards for the examine prognosis of drug-induced akathisia. recommendations for the size of akathisia also are mentioned, as are therapy methods. The e-book might be quite worthwhile for psychiatrists, neurologists, and different physicians looking a greater knowing of those disabling syndromes.

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In another study, Gallagher-Thomson et al (1992) reported sundowning behaviours in 11 out of 35 Alzheimer's disease subjects and found that these were related to increased perceived stress in the caregivers. Restlessness of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Descriptions of hyperactivity in children go back to ancient literature, but it was not until the nineteenth century that an attempt was made to characterize it as a disorder. Ireland (1877) described a group of 'mad idiots' who were restless and hyperactive, making them prone to violent outbursts and destructiveness.

This restlessness may persist in sleep (so-called yen sleep). Delirium Some patients with delirium manifest psychomotor hyperactivity, tending to move constantly in a purposeless fashion, respond excessively to stimuli, shout and resist restraint. This is usually associated with hyperalertness and autonomic arousal and has been termed the hyperactive-hyperalert variant of delirium (Lipowski, 1990). The prototypical disorder is delirium tremens, but in general the motor hyperactivity of delirium is not specific to any particular aetiology.

Type: Behaviour scale. Subject area: Attention-deficit disorder in primary school-aged children. Administration: Teacher ratings. Time axis: Based on teacher's overall impression of the child's behaviour. Item selection: Items from Needleman's scale (1979) selected and converted to 5-point scales and a pilot study completed. A factor analysis revealed two factors: 'attention' and 'restlessness and fidgetiness'. Four other items were added to give a total of 43 items, which were reduced to 24 after a principal-components analysis was performed.

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