James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Movement Problems

This medication is going to kill me, you think. You begged the doctor to increase the dose because the voices have really been bothering you, but after taking the new dose you can hardly move.

Your father helps you into the car and drives you to the clinic. On the way there you have trouble looking out the window because the back of your neck is tight, pulling your head back, and your eyes feel like they're glued to the ceiling. Your father helps you get out of the car, and then you shuffle slowly to the clinic door. The nurse looks at you with concern, but you can't form any clear words. You just stare straight ahead while pointing at your tongue with your shaking finger.

The nurse nods and helps you to an examination room. She tells you not to worry. In a minute she returns with a needle, and soon you're feeling better.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Movement Problems
  • Many Movement Disorders Are Caused by Drugs or Medications


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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