Agitation is a symptom of heightened tension leading to both psychological reactions and physical motions by the patient. Symptoms may include hyperactivity, alertness, psychomotor agitation, hyperarousal state, irritability, confusion, aggression, restlessness, and similar symptoms. Causes may be mental disorders (e.g. panic attack, psychiatric disorder) or physical disorders. Various substance causes are possible include drug use, drug withdrawal, or various toxins and poisons. An agitated state can arise from severe symptoms such as breathing difficulty, severe pain, or fever. As such, the underlying cause of agitation may be whatever is causing other symptoms.
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