Tourette’s Syndrome can be a frustrating condition for those diagnosed. It starts in childhood around 5-7 years old and causes involuntary motor movements and/or verbal sounds (tics) that can significantly interfere with one’s daily life. Tourette’s looks different for everyone who has it.
Some signs and symptoms of Tourette’s include, but are not limited to: involuntary blinking of the eyes, muscle twitching, stretching the neck, movements of the jaw, head bobbing, hopping, jumping etc., swearing, mocking, and/or inappropriate words/slurs/phrases. These symptoms and behaviors vary in severity from individual to individual.
These symptoms can significantly impair one’s quality of life and daily functioning in many ways. For school-aged children especially, it can lead to increased bullying, frustration, anger, anxiety, and even depression due to the unpredictable and often uncontrollable nature of the condition.
Further, according to the Tourette’s Association of America, Tourette’s syndrome can co-occur with other conditions such as Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Sleep Disorders, learning difficulties, and social challenges.
For a closer look at to what Tourette’s Syndrome is, check out this video from the Tourette’s Association of America.
The cause of Tourette’s and these tics remains unknown and while there is currently no cure for the condition, there is potential management options. For more information about our new pediatric Tourette’s Syndrome study, check out our “Current Studies” page on our website!
(Facts and information discussed in this article from the Tourette’s Association of America)