Fidgeting
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 ...

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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.

Call your provider:

If fidgeting becomes agitation and is accompanied by emotional distress.

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD
Written: September 13, 2007
Last Updated: September 30, 2007
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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