State Senator Laura FineSPRINGFIELD – To increase awareness, sensitivity and compassion for those affected by tardive dyskinesia, State Senator Laura Fine led a resolution to designate May 5-11, 2024 as Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week in Illinois.

“People seeking treatment for a mental health condition are already experiencing personal hardships and may not realize their potential for developing tardive dyskinesia, which could further impact their emotional well-being,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “It is critical we understand what this condition means for an individual in order to best help them live with dignity and to give them necessary resources.”

Tardive dyskinesia is a condition characterized by uncontrollable movements affecting the face, torso and other body parts. This condition may develop after several months of taking certain medications to treat mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. Approximately 600,000 people in the U.S. experience symptoms of tardive dyskinesia.

Senate Resolution 735 establishes the week of May 5 – 11, 2024 as Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week. This resolution expands understanding of the prevalence of tardive dyskinesia, how to recognize its symptoms, and to increase access to available support.

“Those living with this condition should not have the added stress of worrying about the side effects of medications that may result in judgment from others,” said Fine. “I look forward to recognizing this week to educate Illinoisans and show compassion to individuals.”

Senate Resolution 735 was adopted by the Senate on Thursday.