Governor Gordon signs Tardive Dyskinesia Proclamation
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - May is mental health awareness month. Today, Governor Mark Gordon signed a proclamation for a disorder with roots in mental health and long-term use of psychiatric drugs.
“We’re so proud that governor signed this proclamation today and we ‘re so hopeful it will provide patients that are suffering from this disorder a means by which to address it and go on and have a better life.”
Tardive Dyskinesia is a disorder that affects patients with psychiatric and gastrointestinal issues that causes uncontrollable facial ticks and involuntary muscle movements. This disorder tends to affects mostly post-menopausal women over 55.
The proclamation will create a platform to educate the public and doctors on the symptoms and treatments. Public awareness will also help fight the stigma patients deal with because the involuntary motions sometimes attributed to mental illness, which is actually part of the disorder, can be treated and, in some cases, reversed.
“If people understand this disorder then hopefully, they will not be judging people because of the disorder that they are suffering.”
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