Awareness of Abnormal Movements in Tardive Dyskinesia Linked to Adverse Effects on Physical and Social Well-Being, Study Shows

Researchers of a recent study found that adults who were aware of abnormal involuntary movements indicative of tardive dyskinesia (TD) experienced adverse effects on physical wellness and social functioning. Participants were divided into two cohorts: Cohort 1 consisted of patients with no visible abnormal movements, and Cohort 2 included individuals with possible TD according to clinician judgment. Cohort 2 was further divided into those aware of their movements in the past 4 weeks (cohort 2A) and those unaware of their movements during that time (cohort 2NA).

The results showed that individuals in cohorts 2 and 2A reported more problems in various dimensions of health and social functioning compared to those in modified cohort 1. The study highlights the importance of considering patient perceptions and awareness of their own abnormal movements and the impact of TD on their overall wellness.

Reference: Physical wellness, social functioning worse in patients with possible tardive dyskinesia. Healio. Published online May 10, 2023. Accessed July 6, 2023.

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