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Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms
Psychomotor Agitation

Definition: Aimless and purposeless motor activity with tension and inability to relax (Petho and Ban 1989; Taylor, 1981).


Exploration:  The presence of agitation can be established by observing patient with or without interacting with him/her (Fink and Taylor, 2003).



Fink M, Taylor MA. Catatonia. A clinician´s guide to diagnosis and treatment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2003, p. 243.

Petho B, Ban TA. DCR Budapest-Nashville in the diagnosis and classification of functional psychoses. Psychopathology 1989; 21: 153-240.

Taylor M.A. The Neuropsychiatric Mental Status Examination. New York: Spectrum publications; 1981, p. 280.


Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek

December 29, 2016