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As a carepartner, you can help your loved one take control of their uncontrolled movements. It can sometimes be difficult for them to recognize their symptoms.1 Caring for someone with tardive dyskinesia (TD) can be challenging, and it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed.2 You may find yourself asking the following questions:
Knowing the signs, symptoms, and causes of TD can help you prepare for conversations with your loved one and their healthcare team.2
Understand that there is no “typical TD” and that symptoms vary from person to person. Some signs include involuntary facial grimacing, finger tapping, and arm and leg movements.1,3
Ask your loved one if they are experiencing any difficulty with everyday activities that could be a result of uncontrollable movements. Some examples include difficulty walking, writing, cutting food, or speaking clearly.1,4
The first step to caring for someone else is caring for yourself. Here are a few tips that can help with overall wellbeing5-8:
Exercise, eat healthy, and sleep for at least 7 hours a night.
Connecting with others can help you find support, manage stress, and have fun.
Partner with your doctors.
Find doctors that are right for you and schedule regular checkups to help you care for your overall health.
References: 1. Warikoo N, Schwartz T, Citrome L. Tardive dyskinesia. In: Schwartz TL, Megna J, Topel ME, eds. Antipsychotic drugs. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 2013:235-258. 2. Care for the family caregiver: a place to start. National Alliance for Caregiving website. http://www.caregiving.org/data/Emblem_CfC10_Final2.pdf. Published March, 2010. Accessed May 7, 2020. 3. Waln O, Jankovic J. An Update on Tardive Dyskinesia: From Phenomenology to Treatment. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov. 2013;3:1-11. 4. Sharing the impact of tardive dyskinesia. National Alliance on Mental Illness website. http://notalone.nami.org/post/97568253959/sharing-the-impact-of-tardive-dyskinesia. Accessed May 7, 2020. 5. Are you getting enough sleep? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/features/getting-enough-sleep.html. Accessed May 7, 2020. 6. What you can do to maintain your health. Family Doctor website. https://familydoctor.org/what-you-can-do-to-maintain-your-health/. Accessed May 7, 2020. 7. Stress management. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/social-support/art-20044445. Accessed May 7, 2020. 8. Taking care of you: self-care for family caregivers. Family Caregiver Alliance website. https://www.caregiver.org/taking-care-you-self-care-family-caregivers Published 2012. Accessed May 7, 2020.