As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month in May and recognize Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) Awareness Week during the first full week (May 1-7), it’s critical that supporting people living with mental health conditions remains a focus. As 2022 marks the fifth year recognizing TD Awareness Week, we want to strengthen our efforts together as leading voices of support for the approximately 600,000 people in the U.S. affected by TD. 1, 2
Some people living with a mental health condition may also experience TD, a condition that includes uncontrollable movements affecting the face, torso, and/or other body parts. TD may develop after a few months of taking certain medications (antipsychotics) to treat bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder.1,3,4
The uncontrollable movements of TD can have a negative impact on those living with the condition. TD movements can also impact daily tasks such as eating, sleeping, drinking, and even leaving the house.2,5 Acknowledging and recognizing the symptoms or TD are important to get the necessary support and potential treatment.
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