Faculty Perspectives: Mental Health Services and Emergency Department Use by Patients with Agitation Associated with Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder

Agitation includes a spectrum of abnormal behavioral manifestations that are frequently observed in individuals with psychiatric illnesses, including those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Agitation is a mental and physical state that is characterized by motor restlessness, mental tension, and excitement, and is often marked by poorly organized, aimless psychomotor activity. Increased responses to external stimuli, irritability, and unsuitable speech may also be observed in agitated patients.

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Last modified: January 6, 2016
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