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Signs & Symptoms of CBD

CBD is a very individual condition and every case is unique. However, some common symptoms are listed below. Not all of them will be relevant to you.


Movement and Mobility

Difficulties with the slowness of movement. The inability to use one side of the body, for example, the loss of use of one hand (feeling that one limb has a will of its own). Jerky, awkward movements. Problems with balance. Tremor at rest.

Behavioural Changes

There can be varying degrees of cognitive impairment in CBD. Perception is often affected as well as problems with memory and understanding. Difficulty carrying out tasks that require planning and thinking ahead. Personality changes, such as apathy, irritability and agitation.

Speech and Communication

Many people with CBD have problems with their speech. Speech can become slow and slurred.

Swallowing Difficulties

Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties are common in CBD.
Coughing when eating and drinking is an indication that food or drink has ‘gone down the wrong way’ into the airway. If this occurs regularly, it can lead to chest infections or pneumonia.


Want to discuss your symptoms? Please contact our information and support team if you would like to know more or have any questions about symptoms you may be experiencing.

We are developing our information for people affected by CBD. In the meantime please refer to the information listed on the NHS Choices website.

Living with PSP & CBD

A wide range of information and support is available to those affected by PSP and CBD from PSPA and statutory services.