Relationship of akathisia to aggressive and self-injurious behaviour: A prevalence study in a UK tertiary referral centre

  title={Relationship of akathisia to aggressive and self-injurious behaviour: A prevalence study in a UK tertiary referral centre},
  author={Jean Stubbs and Deborah A. Hutchins and Christopher Q. Mountjoy},
  journal={International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice},
  pages={319 - 325}
INTRODUCTION: Akathisia is a common and distressing side-effect associated with antipsychotic drug administration. The relationship between akathisia and five forms of expressed aggression is investigated. METHOD: Sixty-four mentally disordered patients were assessed for the point prevalence of akathisia, using Barnes' rating scale for drug-induced akathisia. 1 The five types of aggression studied were: verbal abuse/ aggression, threatening behaviour/violence, physical aggression, destruction… 

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