DENVER, Colo. — Governor Jared Polis signed a proclamation Monday recognizing the week of May 3 to May 9, 2021, as Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week.
Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a movement disorder that can be caused by antipsychotic medication used to treat certain mental health conditions. TD causes random, involuntary, and uncontrolled movements in victims which can affect muscles throughout the body. Advocates for TD awareness say the condition, while treatable, is often misdiagnosed, and can be irreversible.
Advocates also say that the condition can be so bad in some victims that they resort to stop taking their antipsychotic medication, exacerbating underlying mental health disorders.
In addition to the Governor’s Proclamation marking May 3-9 as TD awareness week, State Representative Dafna Michelson Jenet will present a tribute on the House Floor on Thursday, May 6, about the importance of recognizing this relatively rare, but serious condition, and the impacts it has on overall mental health treatment.
In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 6th, from noon to 1 PM, on TD and related mental health issues. The webinar will feature special guests Rep. Michaelson Jenet and Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, along with several mental health experts. See attached PDF for details.