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What are symptoms of agitation in people with schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People with schizophrenia may feel agitated when they are having active symptoms of their illness, such as hallucinations. When people are agitated, they may feel tense, short-tempered, and wound up too tightly. When people become extremely agitated, they may even become a threat to others and act out violently. Agitation can also lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

For these reasons, people with schizophrenia who become agitated should be treated thoughtfully and carefully. If you know someone with schizophrenia who is agitated, try to help the person calm down, but don't use any type of restraints. Sometimes, taking antipsychotic medication or a sedative can reduce the symptom. Above all, call 911 if you don't know what to do and the person's symptoms seem serious.

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