differential diagnosis

Last reviewed 01/2018

  • schizophrenic (catatonic) excitement:
    • does not usually produce sustained over-activity
    • other first rank symptoms present or develop

  • drug-induced excitement:
    • amphetamines - more commonly, a paranoid schizophrenic like state
    • cocaine
    • large amounts of cannabis

  • frontal lobe lesions with gradual onset of disinhibited, expansive behaviour

  • hyperthyroidism - other signs of thyrotoxicosis