is a chronic, disabling mental illnesscharacterized by a wide range of symptoms, including:
loss of contact with reality
It is strongly linked to an increased risk of suicideattempts and completed suicides.
Among people diagnosed with schizophrenia, an estimated 20% to 40% attempt suicide. From 5% to 13% actually complete the act of suicide. Compared to the general population, people with schizophrenia have a more...
Not everyone who takes medicine to treat a mental health problem will get TD. If you do have unusual movements, your doctor can lower the dose or switch you to a different drug to relieve your symptoms.
They work by blocking a brain chemical called dopamine. It helps cells talk to each other and makes the muscles move smoothly. When you have too little of it, your movements can become jerky and out of control.
You can get TD if you take an antipsychotic drug, usually for 3 months or more. But there've been rare cases of it after a single dose of an antipsychotic medicine. Older drugs called "typical antipsychotics" are more likely to cause these movements than newer "atypical" ones. Some studies find a similar risk between both types, though.