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Akathisia and Restless Legs / Edition 1

Akathisia and Restless Legs / Edition 1

by Perminder Sachdev


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This volume provides the first comprehensive account of the scientific and clinical aspects of akathisia and related syndromes such as restless legs syndrome (RLS), other forms of motor restlessness, and neuroleptic-induced dysphoria. The main focus is on drug-induced akathisia and its various subtypes. The author explores its relationship to the restlessness caused by other neurological disorders, presents a new synthesis of the pathophysiological mechanisms of akathisia, and provides arguments for new operational criteria for the research diagnosis of drug-induced akathisia. Strategies for the measurement of akathisia are also discussed, as are treatment approaches. The book will be particularly useful for psychiatrists, neurologists, and other physicians seeking a better understanding of these disabling syndromes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521444262
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Pages: 441
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John M. Kane; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Part I. Introduction: 1. Akathisia: development of the concept; 2. The anatomy of restlessness; 3. Neuroleptic-induced dysphoria; Part II. Drug-Induced Akathisia: 4. The definition of drug-induced akathisia; 5. Epidemiology; 6. Clinical characteristics and diagnosis of acute akathisia; 7. Clinical characteristics of tardive and chronic akathisia; 8. Akathisia due to a general medical condition; 9. Assessment and measurement of akathisia; 10. Aetiology and pathogenesis of akathisia; 11. Treatment of drug-induced akathisia; Part III. Restless Legs Syndrome: 12. Restless legs syndrome: clinical features and pathophysiology; 13. Treatment of Restless legs syndrome; Part IV. Conclusions: 14. Summary and recommendations for future research; Appendices; References; Index.

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