Tardive Dyskinesia

In the U.S., millions of people are impacted by mental health conditions and 1 in 20 adults experience serious mental health conditions each year.

Those living with mental health conditions may also experience a condition called tardive dyskinesia, or TD, a movement disorder characterized by abnormal, involuntary movements of the tongue, jaw, trunk, or extremities. TD may develop after taking certain medications, such as antipsychotics, to treat bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder, as well as other prescription medicines used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.

TD can also impact people socially, emotionally, and physically. In a recent survey, patients with diagnosed or suspected TD (n=350), reported the condition affected their ability to work (46%), sleep (53%), or eat and drink (35%). Despite the impact of TD, and of the approximately 600,000 people living with the condition, only 25% are diagnosed.

When managing mental health or a related condition like TD, an important step is to determine a path forward with your health care provider. For those with an involuntary movement disorder, like TD, here are tips to help you get started:

  • Book an in-person screening: Screenings for TD should include a physical assessment and visual examination of the body. In-person visits provide critical opportunities for doctors to notice any abnormal movements and behavioral changes.
  • Schedule your screenings in advance: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recommends that people with TD are screened in-person once every six months.
  • Neurocrine, one of our partners, recommends that audio-only services for TD screening should be limited to circumstances when a patient would otherwise be unable to access care.
  • For more information: Learn more about TD, living with TD, and how to treat TD by visiting TalkAboutTD.com.