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What does psychomotor agitation look like in a bipolar person?

What does psychomotor agitation look like in a bipolar person?

Restlessness: Examples include excessive and unnecessary movements such as fidgeting, pacing, tapping, jogging of the leg while sitting, rearranging or fiddling with objects. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Is psychomotor agitation different from psychomotor retardation?

Is psychomotor agitation different from psychomotor retardation?

Yes: Psychomotor agitation refers to purposeless and restless activity. The person may need to pace around the room, even if he or she wants to rest or sit down. Psychomotor retardation refers to a generalized slowing of psychological and physical activity. ...Read more

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What are the remedies for psychomotor agitation resulting from ssri use?

What are the remedies for psychomotor agitation resulting from ssri use?

Several approaches: Just lowering the dose sometimes is enough to help; not infrequently, if needed, the dose can be raised again later without a return of the agitation. Adding a second mediction to reduce the agitation such as Ativan or Cogentin (benztropine) also can work. Or, switching to a different antidepressant may do the trick. The important thing: don't just accept the side effect but don't quit either. ...Read more

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When you first begin ssri's, do you experience sleep disturbances and psychomotor agitation?

When you first begin ssri's, do you experience sleep disturbances and psychomotor agitation?

Sometimes: It can be a side effect an a reason to move on to another medication. You should call the doctor and discuss the problem. Most people do not experience that problem. ...Read more

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What are some examples of psychomotor agitation?

Restlessness: Psychomotor agitation, which is common in depression, mania, and schizophrenia, refers to difficulties "staying still, " either mentally, with thoughts bouncing around all over the place, or physically, with restlessness and a sense of constantly needing to be on the move. Unfortunately, some medications used to treat these disorders also can cause similar symptoms, so monitoring is essential. ...Read more

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I take 400 mg lamictal 40 Paxil (paroxetine) .5-1 clonopin for bipolar/anxiety. Slept well at first now restless at night and nap 2-4 hrs. During the day. Help!

I take 400 mg lamictal 40 Paxil (paroxetine) .5-1 clonopin for bipolar/anxiety. Slept well at first now restless at night and nap 2-4 hrs. During the day. Help!

See below: Please consult your prescribing provider to help you figure out what's happening with your medication (s). Also, napping 2-4 hours during the day might interfere with your night sleep. ...Read more

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Could Abilify (aripiprazole) used for anxiety and agitation only. Not schizophrenic or bipolar?

Could Abilify (aripiprazole) used for anxiety and agitation only. Not schizophrenic or bipolar?

Used for all those.: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic medication and is primarily indicated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders with psychotic features. It has also been used as an "add on" medication in major depression which does not respond to antidepressant alone. In severe anxiety disorders, it has been shown to help also. ...Read more

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I have frequent agitation and a very poor short term memory. I take lithium for bipolar and just started tegretol. Should that help?

I have frequent agitation and a very poor short term memory.  I take lithium for bipolar and just started tegretol.  Should that help?

Bipolar and memory: First and foremost you should not have toxic level of lithium and tegretol. Both can cause severe memory impairment with high levels. Next your thyroid needs to be checked since both will affect thyroid function and cause similar problem. Bipolar has many types and manifestation eg type 1 type 2 etc. Each type of bipolar has different symptoms and different treatments. The nimh website will help. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Agitation (Definition)

Agitation can be demonstrated emotionally or physically. Agitation is an expression of emotion that is a little less than anger but a little more than mildly irritated. One may become agitated quickly. In this case it can be problematic and one might need ...Read more