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Repetitive, involuntary vocalizations or movements are the defining characteristic of Tourette syndrome.

Unable to control them, patients often report a steady buildup in tension if they try to suppress the tic until they feel that it’s impossible to not express it, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). It’s a disorder that can last a lifetime, but for some, the symptoms reach their worst expression during the early teen years but then improve during the late teen years and continue to get better into adulthood.

Would you like to learn more about Tourette syndrome and how it is treated? Contact us today and speak with a counselor about the type of treatment that will work best for your needs.

Tourette Syndrome Quick Facts

  • Men are affected by Tourette syndrome 3 to 4 times more often than women.
  • Symptoms usually onset between the ages of 3 and 9.
  • About 200,000 Americans have a severe form of Tourette.
  • About 1 in 100 Americans have a mild form of Tourette like vocal tics.
  • Most with Tourette have the worst symptoms in their early teens.
  • Symptoms generally get better in late teens and early adulthood.

Types of Tourette Syndrome Tics

The primary symptom of Tourette syndrome is tics, and tics can be classified as simple or complex and motor or vocal.

Simple motor tics include:

  • Eye blinking
  • Eye movements
  • Shrugging shoulders
  • Facial expressions
  • Jerking your head or shoulders
Simple vocal tics include:

  • Clearing your throat
  • Sniffling
  • Making grunting sounds
Complex motor tics include:

  • Touching objects
  • Hopping
  • Jumping
  • Bending
  • Twisting
Complex vocal tics include:

  • Words or phrases
  • Coprolalia (swearing or saying socially inappropriate things)
  • Echolalia (repeating what others say)

The Truth About Tics

Those who have Tourette syndrome are often accused of faking or refusing to control their tics. The truth is that these tics are uncontrollable and those who have Tourette wish more than anything that they could get them under control. Unfortunately, stress, anxiety and excitement can make the tics worse. Even sleep can’t take them away – many still experience them when they are not awake though they are much diminished.

Disorders Associated With Tourette Syndrome

  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Treatment for Tourette Syndrome

Because there are so many possibilities in terms of how Tourette Syndrome is expressed and the different co-occurring disorders that may be an issue, it’s important that each individual has a personalized treatment program to address the specific ways in which the disorder manifests.

For example, in most cases, tics do not cause impairment of function so no medication is needed. However, in the cases in which tics stop you from being safe, medication may be warranted.

Additionally, for those diagnosed with co-occurring mental health disorders or neurological disorders, those issues must be addressed in a comprehensive treatment program.

Not sure what you need to effectively treat your issues with Tourette syndrome or the issues of someone in your family? We can help.

Call now to learn more about the types of treatment available and let us match you with the right treatment center for your needs.

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