Tourette Syndrome Singapore

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Tourette Syndrome is named after the French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the condition in 1885.

Doctors still do not know what exactly causes the condition but they do know that 10 to 15 per cent of patients may have a family history of Tourette Syndrome.

There are no figures for the number of Tourette Syndrome patients in Singapore.

Dr Au Wing Lok, consultant neurologist at the National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore, said that recent evidence suggests a neurochemical basis for the disorder.

In particular, the neurotransmission in the areas involved in motor, emotional and behavioural control are affected.

The main symptoms are motor tics, which are sudden, apparently uncontrollable movements, and vocal tics, which are involuntary vocalisations.

Examples of tics include exaggerated blinking of the eyes, touching a body part or person repeatedly, throat clearing,repeating others’ words or involuntary cursing.

When the patient is under duress, the tics may become more severe or frequent or may change entirely.

There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome but symptoms may be controlled through medication.

Dr Au added that the support of families and friends of Tourette Syndrome patients helps them to cope with the disorder better.

Tourette Syndrome is named after the French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described the condition in 1885.

Doctors still do not know what exactly causes the condition but they do know that 10 to 15 per cent of patients may have a family history of Tourette Syndrome.

There are no figures for the number of Tourette Syndrome patients in Singapore.

Dr Au Wing Lok, consultant neurologist at the National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore, said that recent evidence suggests a neurochemical basis for the disorder.

In particular, the neurotransmission in the areas involved in motor, emotional and behavioural control are affected.

The main symptoms are motor tics, which are sudden, apparently uncontrollable movements, and vocal tics, which are involuntary vocalisations.

Examples of tics include exaggerated blinking of the eyes, touching a body part or person repeatedly, throat clearing,repeating others’ words or involuntary cursing.

When the patient is under duress, the tics may become more severe or frequent or may change entirely.

There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome but symptoms may be controlled through medication.

Dr Au added that the support of families and friends of Tourette Syndrome patients helps them to cope with the disorder better.

For more information on Tourette Syndrome, log on to The Singapore TS Care Group’s website at http://sg. geocities.com/ticscare/

This article was first published in Mind Your Body, The Straits Times on September 04, 2008.

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As part of Institute of Mental Health’s 80th anniversary and in conjunction with the 5th Congress of the Asian Society For Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Profession(ASCAPAP), the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore organised Understanding Tourette Syndrome Public Forum on 30th August 2008 at Suntec City meeting rooms 303-305.

The aim of this forum was to raise awareness for about Tourette Syndrome (TS) through multi-talented presentations by sufferers, caregivers/parents, teachers, psychologists and psychiatrists.

During this forum, the audience of this forum was given a short introduction to Tourette Syndrome and learned that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can accompany Tourette Syndrome.

Next, school teachers, parents and caregivers picked up tips on how to handle children with Tourette Syndrome, such as introducing a gluten-free diet which might decrease the frequency of symptoms in certain individuals. Sufferers who shared their personal experiences in coping with Tourette Syndrome gave the audience inspirational insights on living positively with the message “You have Tourettes but Tourette doesn’t have you.”

Lastly, an Q & A session gave several audience the chance to clear their doubts on Tourette Syndrome together with a panel of experts. The entire forum, lasting 2 hours, proved to be a great information session for those who would like to find out more about Tourette Syndrome. Although this forum was held concurrently with the Comex PC show which congested the entire Suntec City Convention Hall, that did not stop parents, caregivers and sufferers from attending what proved to be another successful event organised by TSCGS.

As part of our plans to promote the public awareness of Tourette Syndrome, we are trying to reach out to primary and secondary schools in Singapore to allow us the chance to organise and hold educational talks on Tourette Syndrome in their schools. As we realised that symptoms of Tourette Syndrome start to develop between the age of 8 to 14, the lack of knowledge of Tourette Syndrome among this age group leads to frequent teasing and bullying of young children with Tourette Syndrome. There are even cases of teachers mistaking kids with Tourette Syndrome for being mischievous or rebellious whenever they display TS symptoms such as tics in class.

Therefore, it would be very benefical to children with Tourette Syndrome if we can start promoting awareness of this often misunderstood neurological disorder in primary and secondary schools. If you are from the education industry and would like to improve the welfare of young students suffering from Tourette Syndrome by collaborating with us, please kindly leave a comment behind anywhere on this blog.

Hello to all! Welcome to this newly set up informative blog dedicated to the education of general public and the sharing of knowledge about Tourette Syndrome.

This blog is being set up by a group of students from Singapore Management University(SMU) including myself, in collaboration with the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore, with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.

This blog aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • educate the general public about Tourette syndrome so that they can develop a better understanding of the issues faced by individuals or families affected by Tourette Syndrome
  • to serve as a platform for everyone to inquire, share and contribute to the better understanding of Tourette Syndrome

If you wish to find out more or improve the lives of individuals with Tourette Syndrome, either start by visiting the current existing blog of the Tourette Syndrome Care Group Singapore at http://ticcare.blogspot.com or leave a comment behind on this blog indicating how you might want to help out, such as signing up as a contributor or author for this blog. It doesn’t matter whether you are a TS sufferer, family member or a caregiver. All are welcome!

Meanwhile, as this first entry is being written, a group of passionate individuals are busy working on this blog, so please bookmark this URL and watch this space for more updates and content in the near future.


Welcome to this new blog!

This blog was set up with the mission of striving to reach out to the public in Singapore and educate them about Tourette Syndrome through different initiatives.
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