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It’s time to change your view on uncontrolled movements

Carepartner tips

Supporting your loved one

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.


2. Watch for signs and symptoms

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


3. Ask about impact

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.


4. Offer to speak with your loved one’s doctors

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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Caring for you

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:

  • Care for your physical health. Exercise, eat healthy, and sleep for at least 7 hours a night
  • Build and maintain a social support network. 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. What you can do to maintain your health. Family Doctor website. https://familydoctor.org/what-you-can-do-to-maintain-your-health/. Accessed November 08, 2018. 3. Are you getting enough sleep? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. https://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/index.html. Accessed November 08, 2018. 4. Stress management. Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/social-support/art-20044445. Accessed November 08, 2018.

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