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  1. Martin Brüne

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0032

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Brüne, M. 2010. Akathisia. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Bochum, Bochum, Germany

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  1. 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.