As a carepartner, you can help your loved one take control of his or her uncontrolled movements. It can sometimes be difficult for him or her to recognize their symptoms.1 Here are some ways you can help your loved one recognize and get help for his or her tardive dyskinesia (TD):1. Learn about TD
Knowing the signs, symptoms, and causes of TD can help you prepare for conversations with your loved one and/or his or her doctors.
Understand that there is no “typical TD” and that the symptoms of TD vary from person to person. Some signs include facial grimacing, finger tapping, and arm and leg movements.1
Ask your loved one if he or she is experiencing any difficulty with everyday activities that could be a result of uncontrolled movements. Some examples include difficulty walking, writing, cutting food, or speaking clearly. Share what you see.
At his or her next doctor’s appointment, you can inform the doctor about what you have seen and find out if there are treatments that may help.
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The first step to caring for someone else is to care for yourself. Here are a few tips that can help with overall well-being2-4:
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