NAMI Charleston advocates for Tardive Dyskinosia Awareness Week

May 5, 2022

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Charleston, seeks to spread awareness and reduce the stigma for National Tardive Dyskinosia (TD) Awareness Week, May 1-7.

Kelly Troyer, NAMI Board Member, is a huge TD advocate, “I have a family member that has TD. I work for NAMI and would not have known what it was without the training from Dr. Battista at MUSC. Because of TD Awareness Week, my family member is now receiving treatment for this side effect from their medication.”

Tardive dyskinesia is most commonly a side effect of antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. TD causes stiff, jerky movements on your face and body that you can’t control. Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured. Tardive dyskinesia affects over 500,000 Americans.

NAMI has spread awareness through billboards, support groups, social media, newsletters and more.
For anyone who has TD, or knows someone with this illness, NAMI Charleston offers free support groups for families and individuals dealing with this disease.

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