Tardive Dyskinesia: Recognition, Patient Assessment, and Differential Diagnosis

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Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is an involuntary movement disorder associated with antipsychotic treatment. Because of the serious and potentially irreversible nature of TD, accurate diagnosis is crucial. However, diagnosing TD can be challenging, since the subtle and often fluctuating symptoms can be easily mistaken for symptoms of mental illness or other side effects. Although the risk of developing TD in relation to treatment with second-generation antipsychotics is lower than that associated with first-generation antipsychotics, the risk still exists and may be greater than once believed. Clinicians prescribe antipsychotics for a variety of illnesses and may underestimate the possibility of a patient developing TD, thus missing early signs of the disorder. In this ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS, experts review the prevalence, phenomenology, risk factors, and impact of TD, illustrated by case examples, and provide valuable clinical information to guide early recognition and accurate diagnosis.

From the Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Medical School, Midland (Dr Jain); the Department of Psychiatry and Molecular Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Hempstead, and the Department of Psychiatry, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, New York, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Charitש Universitפtsmedizin, Berlin, Germany (Dr Correll)


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J Clin Psychiatry 2018;79(2):nu17034ah1c

Volume: 79

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