Ever heard of T D ? We hadn’t …….


T.D. stands for Tardive Diskenesia, a neurological syndrome caused by the long-term use of neuroleptic drugs usually prescribed for psychiatric disorders. My son, whose diagnosis was paranoid schizophrenia, took these drugs for years and years and years,  yet proved to be medication resistant.

Then, he developed strange facial movements characterized by tongue protrusion as well as a puckering of his lips. He made repetitive movements of his arms and legs and always swung one leg up and down whenever he sat down. I think that the most  effective way to describe Tardive Diskenesia  is a series of hyperkenetic movements that appear after the prolonged use of dopamine receptor blocking agents .

His team of psychiatrists at the hospital told us that there was no treatment available and that the only way to stop his condition from getting worse, was to discontinue all meds. As this was not a viable option, he found himself in a Catch 22 Situation. So, my son, Doron, returned to his life – if you could call it a life … one that was almost devoid of any quality of life.

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5 thoughts on “Ever heard of T D ? We hadn’t …….

  1. Jill Post author

    It is one of the more serious illness ness that takes away all quality of life.
    Thanks for reading and commenting on it.

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  2. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    More often than not I want to shake psychiatrist and toss them from the roof top. Often a tweaking of medications will help a patient with the psychiatric issues the offending medication is causing. It’s true, the damage has already been done and it will be with the patient forever, and that’s a crime within itself. However, other medications are available that will allow the patient to have relief from other issues. Gurr – this one makes me mad.

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    1. Jill Post author

      Sheri,
      I understand that wanting to do something physical to a psychiatrist. I understand all the frustrations one feels in that situation and I am only so very sorry that we are unable to get them to change their attitudes; There are of course some that are different
      Thinking of you a whole lot.
      Sincerely,
      Jill

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