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My 42 yr. old son, who has learning disability and autism, (diagnosed at age 6), unfortunately also has akathisia which is becoming progressively worse. Akathisia (as far as I know) can only ever be caused by various types of psychiatric medication. He never needed any of this medication in the first place but it was given to him 20 yrs. ago without my knowledge in a residential care home. Those initial drugs led to more drugs due to the extreme worsening of his behaviour that the initial drugs caused. At the time I didn't realise that the drugs had caused his completely unusual (not autistic) behaviour. I assumed, like the psychiatrists said, that it must be some sort of mental illness which had suddenly developed. He has gradually developed worsening akathisia which, in his case, is a much worse condition than his autism ever was. The various psychiatric drugs he's taken during the past 20 years have made his autism and learning fdisability far worse than it ever was in his pre-drug days.. As far as I know, akathisia is incurable and can only be masked by further psychiatric drugs which obviously would cause further long term physical and mental worsening of his condition. In my experience, medical professionals never mention akathisia to their patients or their families if they can avoid it. My son's psychiatrist has only recently written "akathisia" in my son's notes even though I first told her in 2002 that my son has akathisia which causes him to become extremely restless and tired nearly all the time. He has random unexplained, sometimes extreme, outbursts of mindless activity due to the physical and mental stress caused by akathisia, which occurs randomly in varying degrees, and it only stops if he's lucky enough to be sound asleep. Sometimes his feet don't stop moving all day and instead of standing still, he looks as if he's treading water. Does anyone on this forum have experience of akathisia?
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