What do I need to know about caring for someone with dystonia?


The severe symptoms that often accompany dystonia can impact a person's ability to manage day-to-day activities. If you are caring for someone with dystonia, help them manage their symptoms and find a support group so they can meet others who share in their experience. Make sure they take any medications their doctor prescribes and educate yourself about the condition, too.

Continue Learning about Dystonia


When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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