Professional and Social Stigma Faced by Individuals With Tardive Dyskinesia Movements, Study Reveals

Researchers of a recent study aimed to understand the impact of tardive dyskinesia (TD) on people’s perceptions in professional and social settings. Using a randomized, blinded digital survey, participants watched a video of an actor simulating either TD movements or no TD movements, and then answered questions about employment, dating, and friendship.

Results showed that individuals with simulated TD movements were viewed less favorably across all categories: they were less likely to be considered for a job, found attractive, or considered as potential friends. This is the first study of its kind to highlight the professional and social stigma linked to TD, suggesting that those with TD may face challenges in securing employment, forming romantic relationships, and building a supportive network.

Reference: Ayyagari R, Goldschmidt D, Mu F, Caroff SN, Carroll B. An Experimental Study to Assess the Professional and Social Consequences of Tardive Dyskinesia. Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci. 2022 Feb 28;20(1):154-166. doi: 10.9758/cpn.2022.20.1.154.

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