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Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week


WHEREAS, Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a condition of involuntary muscle movements of the face, jaw, lips, and tongue that can vary in frequency and amplitude; and

WHEREAS, TD is a condition that may occur with certain medications used to treat mental illness and results from treatment with dopamine receptor blocking agents used for both psychiatric and non-psychiatric conditions; and

WHEREAS, TD can persist even after discontinuing treatment, and about one in four patients who receive long-term treatment with an antipsychotic will experience TD; and

WHEREAS, anyone taking an antipsychotic medication may develop TD, but individuals who are elderly, female, have diabetes, or have a mental illness are at a greater risk of developing TD; and

WHEREAS, Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week recognizes the families and physicians who are dedicated to assisting those affected by TD, and it encourages further research that can result in earlier diagnosis and better treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 5-12, 2019, as TARDIVE DYSKINESIA AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.