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Tardive Dyskinesia Cam W.

Posted by judy1 on May 25, 2001, at 16:15:13

In reply to Re: Zombie on Neuroleptics- I'm just not here judy1, posted by Cam W. on May 25, 2001, at 11:29:39

Since I'm typing this with my right hand since my left has continuous tremors from forced neuroleptic treatment- the rates of TD are 5-7% per year in healthy young adults (I believe that is 1 in 20). The rate is cumulative so that 25-35% of patients will develop the disorder in 5 years of treatment (not uncommon in schizophrenia or bipolar disorder). I believe that is 1 in 4 people. Among the elderly the rate of TD is 20% or more/year (Frenkel et al (1992- Pg 11). Most of these statistics are found in standard textbooks. I am glad you and others on this board have been helped by neuroleptics, I am presenting statistics that are widely published and that have permanently affected me. - judy
P.S. Perhaps my term 'chemical lobotomy' was inaccurate- that is a subjective feeling. When I am hospitalized with people on long term neuroleptic treatment and I see their tongues protruding, or spasms that don't allow them to walk, it is difficult for me not to react strongly.


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