Also referred to as psychomotor excitement, psychomotor agitation is characterized by restless activity inappropriate to context. Examples are pacing, hand wringing, or stroking clothing or objects. It is a symptom of major depressive and manic episodes.

PSYCHOMOTOR AGITATION: "Henri would often exhibit psychomotor agitation when he was in the manic phase of his bipolar disorder."
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