What is Tourette Syndrome?

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Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is an often-misunderstood condition that affects children and adults. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, boys are more likely to have Tourette’s. This Web guide describes Tourette syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and where to find support.

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome is a neurological condition that is inherited. People with Tourette syndrome have involuntary tics and make repeated sounds or movements that they largely have no control over. Use the sites below to learn more about Tourette syndrome, including symptoms and causes.

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  • Tourette syndrome is often abbreviated as TS on the Web.
  • A person with TS is often portrayed in movies and television as someone who shouts obscenities or other embarrassing things. This tic is called coprolalia and according to the site Tourettes-Disorder.com, “the majority of Tourette patients do not ever exhibit this symptom.”

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Tourette Syndrome Treatment and Diagnosis

The presence of repeated movements or noises, called tics, form the basis of a Tourette syndrome diagnosis. No blood or lab tests are needed to diagnose the syndrome, though a doctor may use these tests to rule out other conditions. Use this section of the Web guide to learn more about how Tourette syndrome is diagnosed and treated.

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  • People with TS have reported being able to delay tics, though the feeling has been described as similar to holding in a sneeze. Though a person can sometimes hold the tic back, sooner or later it has to come out.

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Tourette Syndrome Management and Support

Approximately 200,000 people in the United States are thought to have Tourette Syndrome, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the condition may affect more than most people think. According to the CDC, as many as “1 in 100 people show a milder form of the disorder, such as chronic or transient tics in childhood.” The sites in this section can help you learn how to manage Tourette syndrome and connect with others online for support.

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  • Though TS isn’t as prevalent as other neurological conditions, such as depression, there is a small online community dedicated to helping those affected.

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