Information About Tourette Syndrome
What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette syndrome is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by fluctuating motor and/or vocal tics. Tics would usually start in the face or upper body. They are made worse by stress and would on the other hand diminish in sleep. Symptoms usually occur before 21 years old and they wax and wane spontaneously. Tourette syndrome is hereditary and it affects males more than females. It is not a progressive degenerative disorder.
For a better illustration of Tourette Syndrome, watch the following video from HBO. This video helps to explain Tourette Syndrome better than any words could do so.
To read out more on the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, please proceed to the Symptoms & Conditions page.
Not Longer Rare
Tourette’s was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette’s. Tourette’s is no longer considered a rare condition, but it may not always be correctly identified because most cases are classified as mild.
Common myths about individuals with Tourette syndrome are that they are mad and that they have the power to control their body movements However, Tourette syndrome is actually NOT a mental illness and tics cannot be controlled as they are involuntary.
To find out more about the behaviour of Tourette Syndrome individuals, proceed here.
Treatment & Medicine
Click here to find out more about treatment and medicine for Tourette Syndrome.