The Burden and Impact of Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) in Paoplke with IDD: Dr. Sharon Cahoon-Metzger

Welcome to another enlightening episode of IDD Health Matters, where we delve into crucial health topics for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In today’s episode, sponsored by Neurocrine Biosciences, we shed light on the often overlooked issue of Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) in people with IDD. Join Dr. Craig Escude as he welcomes Dr. Sharon Cahoon-Metzger, an expert in the field, to explore the burden and impact of TD.

Dr. Cahoon-Metzger expertly guides us through the complexities of TD, describing it as a condition characterized by abnormal involuntary movements resulting from prolonged use of certain medications. She emphasizes the importance of early recognition and diagnosis, highlighting the significant risk factors associated with TD, including age, medication potency, and anti-cholinergic treatment.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Cahoon-Metzger paints a vivid picture of the diverse manifestations of TD, from orobuccal movements to limb dyskinesia, underscoring the challenges in diagnosis and management. She shares compelling case studies that illustrate the profound impact of TD on individuals’ daily lives, from social isolation to diminished independence.

Dr. Escude and Dr. Cahoon-Metzger stress the crucial role of interdisciplinary collaboration in identifying and addressing TD symptoms. They emphasize the need for heightened awareness among caregivers and healthcare professionals, advocating for regular monitoring and early intervention.

Listeners are encouraged to leverage available resources, including educational materials provided by Neurocrine Biosciences, to enhance their understanding of TD and improve patient outcomes. As the episode draws to a close, Dr. Escude and Dr. Cahoon-Metzger urge listeners to join the collective effort in mitigating the long-term impacts of TD, ultimately striving to enhance the quality of life for individuals with IDD.

Tune in to gain invaluable insights into TD and empower yourself to make a difference in the lives of those we support.

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