Most Cases of Tardive Dyskinesia are Permanent


Only one out eight patients, out of 108 with tardive dyskinesia, recovered from the disorder in an Emory University Movement Disorders Clinic study. The finding was lower than has previously been reported, said Deepti Zutshi, MD, of Emory, who presented results of the single-center study at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]


  1. Since I am not into the moral relativism of psychiatry and much of society today, I say this is EVIL!! To say these poison killer drugs should be given to any human being with the worst bogus stigmas given for that purpose is psychopathic in the extreme!! See books, WITHOUT CONSCIENCE and SNAKES IN SUITS by Dr. Robert Hare, the world’s foremost authority on psychopaths to see how supposed humans can act more like intraspecies predators!

  2. As soon as I got to check the long-term side-effects of haldol (i.e. when I was discharged from Bootham psychiatric hospital in York, England)I realised I had no choice other than to stop taking this evil toxin. I think that Jean-Paul, the guardian angel who was helping me come to terms with my psychosis, must have prompted me to take action that would ensure my future good health. Whether I’d be labelled as a schizophrenic or bipolar diesn’t really interest me now, after 12 years free of all medication.If it does exist as a condition, as far as I’m concerned,it’s very much a part of my selfhood, and I’ve effectively subsumed it into my updated identity. I like the African approach: let the mania burn itself out – it’s the body’s way of curing itself. All you need is sleep, rest and decent food for a month, and recovery is assured! (IMHO)

  3. Regarding dopamine receptors in the human brain.

    Did you see 60 Minutes last night?
    “Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has revolutionized how science and medicine view addiction: as a disease, not a character defect. Morley Safer reports.”

    They were talking about ” dopamine response in an addict’s brain” and I was wondering if they would apply this research to legal psychiatric drugs that affect the same dopamine receptors.

    Why can’t the patient get better? Maybe its the drug addiction you gave them doctor.