Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary movement disorder that is associated with taking certain medications (antipsychotics) to treat mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder. TD is characterized by abnormal, involuntary movements of the tongue, jaw, trunk, or extremities. TD can look or feel different from day to day; TD movements may be rapid and jerky, or slow and writhing.
Neurocrine Biosciences Supports TD
Neurocrine Biosciences is committed to bringing awareness to TD every day, but especially during Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week (TDAW). Every year, we recognize the first full week in May as another opportunity to raise awareness and education around TD.
We aren’t the only ones who support this mission. As of 2022, all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and various mental health advocacy organizations have declared the first week in May as TD Awareness Week.
The Impact of TD
TD is estimated to affect approximately 600,000 people in the U.S. Although it can look or feel different from day to day, TD is a chronic condition and symptoms may be persistent. In a survey, patients with diagnosed or suspected TD reported the condition moderately to extremely affected them in the following areas*:
- 46% Ability to work†
- 53% Ability to sleep†
- 35% Ability to eat and drink†
TD can impact patients socially, emotionally, and physically. Symptoms can make them feel embarrassed or judged by others and, in some cases, lead them to withdraw from society and isolate themselves from the outside world.
†Base: Patient ATU 2021: Target patients (n=350). Responses based on survey question: Since first experiencing involuntary movements, how has your ability to perform the following daily activities been affected, if at all? Rating scale: 1 to 5 when 1 means “not affected at all,” and 5 means “extremely negatively affected.”
What is tardive dyskinesia?
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary movement disorder that is associated with taking certain mental health medications (antipsychotics). TD is characterized by uncontrollable, abnormal, and repetitive movements of the face, torso, and/or other body parts.
Who is at risk for developing TD?
People living with a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder, who take antipsychotics for a prolonged time may develop TD. Other prescription medicines used to treat upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting may also cause TD. Other factors may also play a role in an individual’s risk for TD.
- Having a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder
- Being 50 years of age or older
- Substance use disorder
- Being post-menopausal
Despite the number of people impacted by the condition, many people are still unfamiliar with TD. However, for patients living with TD, their families, and their caregivers, it is important to know that they are not alone. Approximately 70 percent, or 7 out of 10 people living with TD, have not yet been diagnosed. Increasing awareness will help more patients get the diagnosis and help that they need.
When is TD Awareness Week?
Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week (TDAW) is the first full week of May. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, which brings attention to the 1 in 5 U.S. adults that live with a mental illness. As we work to increase awareness and support for those impacted by mental health conditions, it is important to remember that those living with a mental illness and taking antipsychotics for a prolonged time may develop or already have TD.
How many states have recognized TD Awareness Week?
50 states and Washington, D.C., have declared the first week in May as TD Awareness Week.