Akathisia (Inability to Sit Still)

Akathisia is a restless inability to sit still (“a motor restlessness”) associated with a feeling of muscular quivering. It is often seen as a side-effect of neuroleptic medication or as a complication of Parkinson’s disease Opens in new window.

It may be so intense that the person affected finds it impossible to sit still, day or night.

  1. J.D. and J.A. Spillane, An Atlas of Clinical Neurology (Oxford Medical Publications, 3rd ed., 1982), p.263.