Thursday, 18 June 2020

Psychomotor Retardation or Agitation

This is another symptom of depression as identified in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - first published in the 1860s.

Psychomotor retardation is a condition where both thinking and physical responses slow down. It is a symptom of major depression and can manifest itself in both movements and speech patterns. Many symptoms of depression are invisible but psychomotor retardation can actually be observed. Those affected can start to move, speak and react slowly. The amount of speech that sufferers engage in can also diminsh. PR can affect coordination too.

However, as we know by now, depression is always contrary so in some sufferers - instead of a slowing down there is a speeding up and this is known as psychomotor agitation. This is characterised by unecessary, fast movements such as pacing or toe-tapping. In these sufferers, talking can also be accelerated. I suffered from agitated depression and I used to pace the house - completely unable to settle in a chair; I wasn't a great talker though.

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