The first step in managing tardive dyskinesia (TD) is talking with your doctor

Which types of doctors can help you manage your TD?

Your primary care physician (PCP) might be the doctor you’re used to seeing. However, your PCP might refer you to a specialist to help diagnose and manage your uncontrollable movements.

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists provide treatment and counseling for mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Your psychiatrist may be a good resource for learning more about TD and managing TD.

Neurologists

Neurologists are doctors who specialize in treating diseases of the brain and spinal cord. Neurologists manage and treat conditions such as TD and other involuntary movement disorders.

Use this Doctor Discussion Guide, which includes tips about telemedicine, to help you prep for your next appointment in person, over the phone, or online.

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Some things to talk about include

  • The location of your movements
  • When your movements started and how frequently they occur
  • If others have noticed your movements
  • The impact of these movements on your daily routine
  • How these movements affect your thoughts and feelings
  • How these movements affect your relationships with others

These talking points and/or short videos can help give your doctor a better picture of your uncontrollable movements, how they are impacting you, and if they are TD. Your healthcare team can help you create a management plan that is right for you.

TD is a manageable condition, so ask your doctor how you can start taking control of your involuntary movements

Neurocrine cares about the TD community and offers tools to help you manage your TD. In addition to the techniques below, talk to your doctor about treatment options to help you manage your TD.

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How can you help manage your TD?

Since people who have TD may have underlying mental health conditions, it’s important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically, especially during these difficult times.

Be proactive about finding ways to help yourself stay healthy, and remember to reach out to people who can provide support and guidance.

Help yourself

These activities may help relieve stress:

  • Practicing relaxation
  • Trying guided meditation
  • Taking walks and exploring nature
  • Setting aside time for just yourself
  • Discovering hobbies such as gardening, sewing, or sketching

Get help from others

Your support system may include:

  • Friends and family
  • Peers with similar experiences
  • Online TD forums and communities
  • Counselors or support groups

Stress can worsen TD symptoms—so feeling calm may help.

Get creative!Try out different relaxation techniques, and figure out which ones work best for you.

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What are the risk factors for TD?

Anyone who has taken or is taking antipsychotics is at risk for developing TD.
These factors may also increase your risk for TD:

  • Being 50 years of age or older
  • Being postmenopausal
  • Substance abuse
  • Having a mood disorder

Never change or stop taking your medications without first speaking with your healthcare professional.

Do you know someone who may have TD?

Here are some tips for TD support:

  • Educate yourself on the cause and impact of TD
  • Know what TD looks like and how to recognize it
  • Keep an eye out for the signs and symptoms of TD
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