Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition that affects how individuals think, feel, and perceive. Patients typically present with distinct psychopathologic symptoms: positive symptoms, negative symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and mood symptoms. Agitation is a common manifestation of schizophrenia, which includes symptoms ranging from irritability to erratic behavior to aggression. Approximately 25% of patients with schizophrenia experience at least one episode of acute agitation per year that requires urgent management to relieve distress and prevent escalation. Recognizing and managing agitation in patients with schizophrenia is important to improve the patient's condition, ensure safety, and decrease the risk that the patient will cause harm to themselves or others.
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Cite this: Heidi Moawad. Fast Five Quiz: Schizophrenia With Agitation - Medscape - Feb 23, 2023.