The victim of this condition grimaces, thrusts his tongue, swings his jaw and makes chewing motions. These involuntary motions can also involve the trunk and extremities.
The motions are completely out of the victim’s control. In many cases, even when the medication has been stopped, it cannot be cured. In fact, in some cases, the condition gets progressively worse even after the drug has been discontinued.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) estimation is that 5% of all people taking these drugs will develop this condition. According to them, the newer atypical antipsychotics are less likely to cause this condition, but they admit that some people may still get TD.
Other sources report tardive dyskinesia affects close to 30 percent of those who have been given a class of drugs known as dopamine antagonists. According to livestrong.com, dopamine antagonists are “a chemical, medication or drug that prevents the actions stimulated by dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally produced chemical in the body that binds to regions in the brain to help regulate emotions and movement.”
This powerful pharmaceutical is used for certain psychiatric diagnosed mental disorders and sometimes even for gastrointestinal disorders.
Some people fall victim to tardive dyskinesia after only 6 weeks on the drug.
Psychiatric Misdiagnosis Ruins Her Life
Jenelle is a beautiful young woman who suffers a severe disability because of psychiatric drug side effects. Her story is particularly poignant, as she was first given the drug called Reglan during a bout of food poisoning, to suppress vomiting.
This drug almost immediately caused Jenelle to have tardive dyskinesia, resulting in strange and uncontrolled body motions. Psychiatrists then compounded the disease by misdiagnosing her as having a mental disorder and prescribed Thorazine, Haldol, and Xanax. This increased her mental and physical distress to such a degree that she became wheelchair bound.
Although she is now severely disabled, she maintains a cheerful attitude and continues to hope for enough improvement that she can walk and move normally again someday.
There are stories of other psychiatric victims of this disorder, their lives altered forever by an iatrogenic (medically induced) disability.
Tortuous Pain and Dementia
Tardive dyskinesia has various forms. One type, called tardive dystonia causes painful, tortuous muscle spasms. The movements of this type tend to be slow, writhing motions.
Another kind called tardive akathisia agitates people in agonizing ways, driving them to move their arms or legs or to pace.
Tardive Dementia or Tardive Dysmentia causes serious cognitive problems.
Sometimes the disorder is masked by the very drug the patient is taking. When it is discontinued, the resulting disability is obvious.
Why are these Drugs Still on the Market?
As with all psychiatric drug treatment, the driving impetus is profit. There is no argument that certain psychiatric drugs cause the agonizing disability known as tardive dyskinesia.
Yet psychiatry as an industry justifies the suffering of their patients, and continues to prescribe the very drugs that induce it.