Long title, long standing problem. And about which I have a question.
“Tardive dyskinesia is a side effect of antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. TD causes stiff, jerky movements of your face and body that you can’t control. You might blink your eyes, stick out your tongue, or wave your arms without meaning to do so.”
I’ve nursed people with dementia in hospitals and aged care institutions who have displayed these symptoms. I’ve also been an unpaid family care partner and legal guardian for people who have since died from dementia, also with some of these symptoms..
So, my question today, is: Are these ‘symptoms’, which have usually (? wrongly) been attributed to dementia, almost exclusively due to the use of antipsychotics?
I know very little about this condition, and would welcome anyone who can provide a detailed update. Thank you.
Oh, and I wonder does this also support the need to #BanBPSD?