Living with tardive dyskinesia (TD)

TD affects everyone differently

TD may look or feel different every day. For many people, TD can be disruptive. Because of uncontrollable physical movements, some people may feel embarrassed. Others may be hesitant to go out in public for fear of being judged by their symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of TD, these limitations may be challenging and may leave you feeling frustrated and alone.

Having these feelings while living with TD is understandable, and others share them too. However, there are ways to take care of your health that may help you cope with TD. You also have a community of advocacy groups and resources to turn to for help.

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Talk to your healthcare team to learn more about taking care of yourself while living with TD.

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Help yourself

Some people feel that looking after their mental health and well-being allows them to be better equipped to deal with challenging situations in their lives. The following tips may be helpful to you, too.

Take care of your body

  • Try to get plenty of sleep
  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly

Take care of your mental health

  • Manage stress
  • Practice relaxation
  • Set aside time for yourself

Get help from others

Surrounding yourself with people who support you and understand your condition can make a difference when managing your health.

This network may include:

  • Friends and family
  • Peers with similar experiences
  • A counselor or support group

In addition to offering emotional support, your personal network may also be able to help you stay on track when it comes to taking care of yourself.

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Be your own advocate

Get involved! There is a community available to help you. Learn about organizations that support people with TD and other useful resources.

Be proactive about seeking support! >

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