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Restlessness 

Restlessness
Author(s):

Ivan Donaldson

, C. David Marsden

, Susanne A. Schneider

, and Kailash P. Bhatia

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date: 25 February 2021

Restlessness is characterized by excessive purposeless or semi-purposeful voluntary activity. It may take the form of fiddling with objects and body parts, or making unnecessary limb movements, including tensing muscles, squeezing the hands, swinging the legs, crossing and uncrossing the knees, and shuffling the feet. It can also produce shifting of body position when lying or sitting and in more extreme forms may result in rising and pacing about. Often the same sequence of movements is repeated over and over again. Restlessness is usually, although not always, accompanied by feelings of inner tension and stress.

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