The frequent use of neuroleptic drugs in the treatment of disturbed
children and adolescents demands that clinicians be aware of the danger of
tardive dyskinesia in this age group. A case history of a 15-year- old boy
who developed incapacitating tardive dyskinesia that resolved during
treatment with deanol is presented. The recognition, differential
diagnosis, and management of this syndrome in children are discussed.
Lithium carbonate was a useful alternative to neuroleptics in managing the
adolescent's disturbed behavior.