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What are the signs and symptoms of psychomotor agitation?

I think I may have psychomotor agitation. I pace (and often run) up and down the hallway at my house, I constantly bite my nail cuticles and have tried to stop, but not even the bad tasting polish makes me stop. I cannot sit still for anything and I zone out in coversations A LOT. I have been dianoised with OCD and Anxiety Disorder, both of which run in my family, and I am on Zoloft, but it does not help with the pacing or nail biting. After doing research I came across psychomotor agitation and I wanted to get a professional opinion and possible treatment options if it does turn out to be psychomotor agitation. Thank you for your time!
Fri, 25 Jul 2014
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I appreciate your concern and asking on health care magic. Based on your history i would suggest the following:
1. ''I constantly bite my nail cuticles'' is an expression of anxiety and one of the neurotic traits. It is not psychomotor agitation.
2. ''I pace (and often run) up and down the hallway at my house''-- is it because you feel restless and particularly restlessness in legs and it improves on pacing? If yes it may be akathesia due to side effects of zoloft. Some people have this side effect and it can be controlled. If not it can be again due to anxiety.
3. I suggest you to get your medicines reviewed and adjusted accordingly. I hope you find this helpful.
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