What are the signs and symptoms of TD?
While it can occur anywhere in the body, mild, moderate, or severe TD movements are often seen in the:
TD can also affect the:
- Upper body
TD can result from taking certain mental health medicines (like antipsychotics) for a while.
Have you experienced any of the following movements in your body?
Twisting or dancing fingers and toes
Tongue darting or protrusion
Lip smacking, puckering, or pursing
Upper body rocking, jerking, or thrusting
Jaw sawing or chewing
Not actual patients
What medicines can cause TD?
You may have been prescribed certain mental health medicines (like antipsychotics) to treat one of these conditions:
TD can be caused by certain prescription medications used to treat mental health or gastrointestinal conditions.
If you are currently taking antipsychotic medicine, do not stop, adjust, or switch your medicine without talking to your healthcare provider. Continue taking your medicine as prescribed and be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about TD and FDA-approved treatments, like INGREZZA® (valbenazine) capsules.
TD affects everyone differently.
TD symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. If you suspect you have TD, your healthcare provider will perform several examinations. Common areas of the body where they will look for TD symptoms are your face, torso, arms, and legs. TD symptoms, especially in your feet and toes, are sometimes overlooked.
The impact of TD goes beyond physical ability.
Based on a survey, people reported TD can impact them emotionally or socially.
TD can change the way people think and feel about themselves. Many people with TD reported feelings of anxiety, frustration, and low self-esteem.
Results based on a survey of 397 people, of which 173 diagnosed with TD were asked, "Tardive dyskinesia may impact you in many different ways. To what extent has tardive dyskinesia impacted you in each of the following areas?" Answers ranged on a scale of 1 (not impacted at all) to 7 (extremely impacted).
People with uncontrollable body movements from TD reported an impact on their social life and behaviors. For example, doing things in public, their relationships with others, and participating in social events were affected by uncontrollable body movements from TD.
Results based on a survey of 397 people, of which 173 diagnosed with TD were asked, "Since first experiencing involuntary movements, how has your ability to perform the following daily activities been affected, if at all?" Answers ranged on a scale of 1 (not affected at all) to 5 (extremely negatively affected).
Is TD impacting your life emotionally or socially? Talk to your healthcare provider and be open about how you're feeling and how these feelings are affecting your personal life and relationships.
Caring for someone with TD.
If you're the care partner of someone with uncontrollable body movements from TD, it's helpful to remember that your loved one:
- May not be aware if their uncontrollable movements are TD
- Might not want to seek help because they don't understand what's happening with their body
Start a discussion—encourage your loved one to talk to their healthcare provider about TD, and if possible, join them for the appointment. You may be able to help them better understand and remember their healthcare provider's advice and instructions.
Helpful tip: Record your loved one's uncontrollable body movements so they can share them with their healthcare provider during an in-office or telehealth appointment.
"Because of my uncontrollable body movements I was extremely self-conscious, embarrassed, and withdrawn. I had a very active lifestyle before these movements."
Individual results may vary
— Moira, living with depression and tardive dyskinesia
Moira was compensated by Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. to share her story
Ready to talk to your healthcare provider about your TD movements? Our discussion guide can help.
Fill out our Doctor Discussion Guide questionnaire and bring it to your next appointment to help you and your healthcare provider have a better conversation about TD and INGREZZA.
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Whether your uncontrollable body movements are mild, moderate, or severe, connecting with a psychiatry or neurology healthcare provider who may be able to help you diagnose and treat TD is important.
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