Published Online: 1 January 2003
Page Count: 3
Staff psychiatrist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Staff psychiatrist, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
Surprisingly, the association of neuroleptic-induced akathisia and aggressive behavior was not formally recognized until nearly two and one-half decades of antipsychotic prescribing had passed. Using a search of the anglophonic literature, this phenomenon is reviewed. Advances in psychopharmacology have reduced neuroleptic-induced akathisia and hold promise to eliminate it altogether. Nonetheless, important clinical and forensic aspects of neuroleptic-induced akathisia and aggression remain and are explored.
Paper ID: JFS2002173