Involuntary yet repeated Body Movements in People are not intentional

By Dr. Mary Annabelle No comments

Have you ever wondered or get irritated on why people make repeated movements such as clinging lips, tapping foot or blinking eyes rapidly? There are people who even may make involuntary jerky movements of shoulders, jaws, eyebrows, and fingers.


They cannot just stop doing it and it is happening involuntarily for them and this condition is medically Tardive Dyskinesias (TD).  These   movements are direct consequences of long term usage of dopaminergic antagonist medications prescribed to treat people with schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

People suffering from Schizophrenia, Bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease etc. are vulnerable to Tardive Dyskinesias as they are generally exposed to neuroleptics, anticholinergics, and toxins. People of substance abuse and other narcotics are also susceptible to abnormal body movements.

Apart from finding medical challenges of treating it effectively, Tardive Dyskinesias patients are stigmatized socially. The treatment options include antipsychotic medications and discontinuing   drugs that may cause abnormal physical and psychological behavior. Many times, a severe psychiatric illness makes this impossible, but carefully reconsidering the indications for dopamine antagonists in a given patient and considering alternate therapy are imperative.

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