Introduction 

 
 

'Adversities are like knives: they are useful or harmful depending on the way they are handled: by the handle or the edge'.  (Anonymous)

 
 

 

 
 

 
     
 

I absolutely feel that people who suffer any kind of dystonia are definitely special ones, the same way than other people who put up with any other illness conditioning their lives in a similar way. Further than the evidency of the physical limitations that people with dystonia* show, it is really important to consider what their minds usually hide. In fact, you might expect unpredictable responses from them to many natural situations, and you can bet  nobody will notice this peculiar way of acting. In other words, does anybody realize if someone around the table doesn't eat anything because he/she feels ashamed or embarrased for being unable to handle the pieces of cutlery in a proper way? Well, this is just a simple example. The common difficulties people with dystonia have to face are usually related with a lot of daily tasks which affect them 24 hours a day. Their mental maturity and the understanding and the support of the people around and the complete social setting are the keys of a great portion of their success in life.  

* Note: Although almost everything in this webpage refers to generalized torsion dystonia (TD), the author believes most of these contents will benefit patients of any other variant of dystonia, focal or widespread, and patients of many other similar movement disorders.