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It’s time to change your view on uncontrolled movements

Recognizing tardive dyskinesia (TD)

Are your uncontrolled movements symptoms of TD?1

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) causes repetitive, unintentional movements that may be described as “twitching” or “shaking.” Movements can occur in various areas of the body, but are most typically seen in the lips, jaw, and tongue. Signs and symptoms of TD may include:

  • Lip smacking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Rapid eye blinking
  • Facial grimacing
  • Finger tapping
  • Arm and leg movements


Only your doctor can confirm if you have tardive dyskinesia (TD).

Remember that everyone’s symptoms are different
Raven's tardive dyskinesia story.

This patient has received compensation. Patient image is being used with permission.

“People would ask me if I was on drugs because my body was always moving. I didn’t realize what was happening...”
—   Raven C. on recognizing tardive dyskinesia


What causes tardive dyskinesia (TD)?

  • TD is caused by certain medications used to treat mental health conditions or gastrointestinal conditions2
  • Signs and symptoms can appear as early as 3 months after an individual starts taking these medications, and the risk increases the longer an individual is taking one of these drugs3,4
  • Studies show that on average, 1 in 4 people taking certain medications prescribed for mental health conditions has TD5

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Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is personal and everyone experiences it differently

  • TD affects a broad range of people1
TD affects a broad range of people: All ages. All races. TD affects a broad range of people: All ages. All races.
  • People with TD often have a variety of underlying medical conditions, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and gastrointestinal issues1
    • These different medical conditions require different treatment plans
  • The severity of TD can range from mild to severe6
TD Severity Range: The symptoms may vary from person to person. Some have movements in one area and others have them in multiple body areas. TD Severity Range: The symptoms may vary from person to person. Some have movements in one area and others have them in multiple body areas.


References: 1. Warikoo N, Schwartz T, Citrome L. Tardive dyskinesia. In: Schwartz TL, Megna J, Topel ME, eds. Antipsychotic drugs. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 2013:235-258. 2. Tardive dyskinesia. MedlinePlus website. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000685.htm. Accessed July 13, 2017 3. Caroff SN, Miller D, Dhopesh V, et al. Is there a rational management strategy for tardive dyskinesia? Current Psychiatry. 2011;10(10):22-32. 4. Tardive dyskinesia. NAMI website. http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Tardive-Dyskinesia. Accessed July 13, 2017. 5. Tardive dyskinesia. Baylor College of Medicine website. https://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/parkinsons/conditions/tardive-dyskinesia. Accessed July 13, 2017. 6. Waln O, Jankovic J. An Update on Tardive Dyskinesia: From Phenomenology to Treatment. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov. 2013;3:tre-03-161-4138-1.

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