What causes fidgeting? 34 possible conditions

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Definition

Fidgeting is moving about restlessly or the behavior of being continually in motion.

Alternative Names

Fidgets, fidgety.

Synopsis

Fidgeting is usually used to describe someone who is seen as not being able to sit still. Fidgety people move in their seats constantly, move their hands and feet and appear to be in perpetual motion. While fidgeting in children is sometimes a sign of hyperactivity, it is not always a bad thing. Recent studies indicate that people who fidget burn more calories – as many a 400 a day - than people who are still. Scientists have discovered that some people have a genetic predisposition to fidget – they are restless and move around constantly, burning up energy. Some obese people have a genetic predisposition to be energy efficient and are naturally inclined to conserve energy by not "wasting" calories.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Panic attack
  • Post-partum depression
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Caffeine overdose
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Treatments

Assess and treat underlying condition. Provide a stimulating environment, plenty of exercise, good nutrition and adequate sleep.

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If fidgeting becomes agitation and is accompanied by emotional distress.

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, worry uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations. The condition may also be called chronic anxiety neurosis.GAD is different than normal feeling...

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2

ADHD Basics

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactive and disruptive behaviors. People with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating, sitting still, payin...

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3

Delirium

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Delirium is an abrupt change in the brain that causes mental confusion and emotional disruption. It makes it difficult to think, remember, sleep, pay attention, and more. You might experience the condition durin...

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4

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

The aorta carries blood from your heart down to your abdomen, legs, and pelvis. Swollen or bulging aortic walls in the abdomen is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which causes pain.

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5

Dissection of the Aorta

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood out of your heart. If you experience a dissection of the aorta, it means that blood has entered the wall of the artery, between the inner and middle layers. This can happe...

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6

Heart Attack Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A clot blocks the blood flow to the heart (heart attack), and damages heart muscle. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a blue or grey tinge to the skin.

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7

Hypovolemic Shock

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Hypovolemic shock is a life-threatening condition that results when you lose more than 20 percent (one-fifth) of your body's blood or fluid supply. This severe fluid loss makes it impossible for the heart to pum...

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8

Dementia Overview

Dementia may affect memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Mental impairment must affect at least two brain functions to be considered dementia.

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9

Meningococcemia

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Meningococcemia is a bacterial blood infection caused by the same type of bacteria that causes some types of meningitis. Advanced symptoms of the infection include blood clots and bleeding under the skin.

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10

Caffeine Overdose

You're at risk for caffeine overdose when you ingest more than 200 to 300 mg of caffeine (about three 8-oz cups of coffee) in a day. Dizziness, diarrhea, headache, and severe thirst may occur.

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11

Schizophrenia Overview

Although schizophrenia strikes only about one percent of the population, it is so disabling it is considered among the most important of psychiatric illnesses.

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12

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event that involves either a real or perceived threat of injury or death. This ca...

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13

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder occurs when you live in fear of having a panic attack. You are having a panic attack when you feel sudden, overwhelming terror that has no obvious cause. You may experience physical symptoms such as ...

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14

Pulmonary Embolism

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that affects the lungs. Typically, a blood clot travels from another area in the body before becoming lodged in one of the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. A pulmonar...

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15

Asthma Overview

Learn about asthma. Explore the types of asthma and read information about their symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!

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16

The Catastrophy of Cardiac Tamponade

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Cardiac tamponade is a condition where the sac that encases your heart fills with fluid and then puts pressure on your heart. This undue pressure keeps the heart from filling with blood properly. When this happens, th...

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17

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

On occasion, many of us may worry about whether or not we left the stove on before leaving the house or if we locked our doors. This worry may prompt us to return home to make sure that everything is all right. Whil...

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18

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe lung condition. It occurs when fluid fills up the air sacs in your lungs. Too much fluid in your lungs lowers the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream. With ARDS...

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19

Emphysema

Emphysema is a disease of the lungs. It occurs most often in smokers. It also occurs in people who regularly breathe in irritants.

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20

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects a woman's emotions, physical health, and behavior during certain days of the month generally just before her menstrual period. PMS symptoms start five to 11 day...

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