Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
How to Cite
Brüne, M. 2010. Akathisia. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The term akathisia (literally “not to sit”) was introduced by the Bohemian neuropsychiatrist Lad Haskovec in 1901 (Haskovec, 1901). Akathisia represents a complex psychomotor syndrome, comprising a subjective (emotional) and an objective (motor) component (Sachdev, 1995; Iqbal, Lambert, & Masand, 2007). The subjective symptoms of akathisia include inner restlessness, urge to move (tasikinesia), inability to remain still, general unease, discomfort, inability to relax, poor concentration, dysphoria, anxiety, fear, terror, rage, suicidal ideation, and aggressive thoughts.