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DefinitionAgitation refers to an unpleasant state of extreme arousal, increased tension , and irritability.
ConsiderationsExtreme agitation can lead to confusion , hyperactivity , and outright hostility. Agitation can come on suddenly or gradually. It can last for just a few minutes or for weeks and even months. Pain, stress, and fever can all increase agitation.
Agitation by itself may not have much clinical significance; but, if viewed with other symptoms, it can be a good indicator of a disease state.
Home CareA calm environment, plenty of sleep, adequate lighting, and any measure to reduce stress may help to decrease agitation. Avoid restraining an overly-agitated person if possible, since this usually makes the problem worse.
Communication of feelings is important.
Call your health care provider if
Your health care provider will obtain a medical history from either the patient or a family member and do a physical examination.
To help better understand your agitation, your doctor may ask the following:
Update Date: 11/10/2003Vineeth John, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT