Tourette's Syndrome

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Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder that becomes evident is early stages of life. Someone with Tourette's Syndrome will have tics (involuntary movements) on a daily basis. There are two types of tics: vocal tics and motor tics. Vocal tics include involuntary humming, throat clearing, or yelling out a word or phrase, while a motor tic can be as small as blinking or shrugging, or as extreme as a spasm of the whole body. Tourette's are more likely to develope in someone with ADHD, or poor impulse control.

Cause of Tourette's

The cause of Tourette's is unknown. Scientists know it is caused by a brain disorder, and something wrong with certain chemicals in the brain that control nerve impulse may play a part as well, but the actual cause is unknown. Scientists do know, however, that the disease is passed don genetically, and is rarely caused by a genetic mutation.

Tourette's Cure

Unfortunately, Tourette's Syndrome doesn't have a known cure. The tics can be reduced by therapy, and simply educating the person with the disorder and the people around them can make a difference. A stress-free environment is best for someone with Tourette's, because, although the disorder is not stress induced, stress will make it worse. Tics are, no matter how severe, a long term effect from this disorder. However, scientists are trying to find the cause of the syndrome, and, in doing so, might be able to find a cure in the future.