Restless Legs Syndrome

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Restless Legs Syndrome

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How Your Depression or ADHD Might Really Be Restless Legs Syndrome

Nighttime creepy-crawlies aren't limited to camping or Halloween...tingly, itchy sensations -- mostly between the ankle and the knee -- aren't the creeping of spiders or the fluttering of bats, but a neurological disorder called Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.  Most sensations occur in the lower legs, but the arms, torso and face may also be affected.  Regardless of the geography, severe insomnia is the end result. 

Psychological symptoms are not part of an RLS diagnosis, but RLS and psychology go together like the creepies and the crawlies. 

Let's rewind to the 1800s, when the first overlap with psychology appears.  Theodor Wittmaack, a German neurologist, called the disorder…

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