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Understanding Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)

“I’ve made progress with my mental health. So when I started having unintentional body movements, I ignored them. I didn't want anything to throw me off track.”

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) appears as mild or severe twitching, shaking, or jerking in the hands, feet, face, or torso. Involuntary blinking, tongue movements, and other unintentional, uncontrollable movements can also be signs of TD.1,2

Impact of TD

Recognizing Symptoms

Not sure if what you're experiencing is TD? We've captured videos of unintentional, uncontrollable TD movements so you can watch and compare. If you think you have TD, it's time to talk to your doctor. Customize a downloadable Doctor Discussion Guide to help start the conversation.

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What causes TD?

1 in 4 people who are taking certain mental health medications may develop uncontrollable movements of tardive dyskinesia image.

people who are taking certain mental health medications may develop uncontrollable movements of TD.2,3

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is associated with certain prescription medications used to treat mental health or gastrointestinal conditions.1,2

Long-term use of some medications to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and some other conditions can lead to TD.2,3

Angi's tardive dyskinesia diagnosis story. Angi's tardive dyskinesia diagnosis story.

Patient Insights

My TD Diagnosis Journey

For those experiencing uncontrollable movements, the first step is talking to your doctor about diagnosis.Hear how Angi had an honest conversation with her doctor.

I wasn’t aware that I was chewing, except that my jaw was sore and tight. I was even chewing in my sleep.

—Deborah, living with TD Individual results may vary

Professional Insights

How to Diagnose Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)

Hear professionals discuss diagnosing tardive dyskinesia and treatment.

Video cover image that discusses how to diagnose tardive dyskinesia and identify tardive dyskinesia symptoms. Video cover image that discusses how to diagnose tardive dyskinesia and identify tardive dyskinesia symptoms.

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References: 1. Warikoo N, Schwartz TL, Citrome L. Tardive dyskinesia. In: Schwartz TL, Megna J, Topel ME, eds. Antipsychotic Drugs: Pharmacology, Side Effects and Abuse Prevention. Nova Science Publishers, Inc; 2013:235-258. 2. Waln O, Jankovic J. An update on tardive dyskinesia: from phenomenology to treatment. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov (N Y). 2013;3:tre-03-161-4138-1. Published online July 12, 2013. doi:10.7916/D88P5Z71 3. Dadiomov D. Tardive dyskinesia. National Alliance on Mental Illness. Updated March 2019. Accessed August 11, 2020. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/Mental-Health-Medications/Tardive-Dyskinesia