These talking points can help give your doctor a better picture of your uncontrollable movements, how they are impacting you, and if they are TD. Your healthcare team can help you create a management plan that is right for you.
“After being on antipsychotics for a while, I noticed there was something different…. I was moving kind of like a robot, but I didn’t think it was important enough to mention to the doctor.”
Living With TD
Anyone who has taken or is taking antipsychotics is at risk for developing TD. These factors may also increase your risk for TD:
- Being 50 years of age or older
- Being postmenopausal
- Substance abuse
- Having a mood disorder
TD is a manageable condition, so ask your doctor how you can start taking control of your involuntary movements.
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Which kinds of doctors can help you manage your TD?
Your primary care physician (PCP) might be the doctor you’re used to seeing. However, your PCP might refer you to a specialist to help diagnose and manage your uncontrollable movements.
Psychiatrists generally provide treatment and counseling for mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Psychiatrists can also provide support for substance use disorders.
Neurologists are doctors who specialize in treating diseases of the nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. Neurologists manage and treat, among other things, conditions such as TD and other involuntary movement disorders.
How can you help manage your TD?
Since people who have TD may have underlying mental health conditions, it’s important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically.
Be proactive about finding ways to help yourself stay healthy, and remember to reach out to people who can provide support and guidance.
These activities may help relieve stress:
- Practicing relaxation
- Trying guided meditation
- Taking walks and exploring nature
- Setting aside time for just yourself
- Discovering hobbies such as gardening, sewing, or sketching
Get help from others
Your support system may include
- Friends and family
- Peers with similar experiences
- Online TD forums and communities
- Counselors or support groups