Episode 1: Medication-Induced Movement Disorders

On today’s episode, we will be discussing medication-induced movement disorders. This is a broad topic, in which we find that many of the medications we use to help our patients not only in the mental health field, but in the general medical field as well, are capable of causing abnormal movements that range from embarrassing and uncomfortable for the patient to dangerous medical emergencies. Because of the breadth of this topic, we will be discussing mainly the induction of movement disorders caused most frequently by psychiatric medications, mainly neuroleptic agents.

Drug-Induced Movement Disorders was a very helpful resource in researching for this episode. If you are interested in further information regarding drug-induced movement disorders, click here to view and purchase:

Please click here to view video of rabbit syndrome, as discussed in the podcast episode.


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