Tourette Syndrome

What is it?

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that lasts throughout life and doesn't shorten one's lifespan (Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia).

How Prevalent is it?

Bill Hendrick from WebMd Health News states:

  • 3 out of 1,000 kids ages 6-17 are diagnosed in the U.S.
  • 3 times more common in males
  • 79% of kids with tourette's have at least one additional mental health or neurodevelopmental condition
  • there is no big difference between cultures


According to Mayo Clinic:

  • there is no known exact cause
  • likely caused by a combination of inherited and environmental factors
  • neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, are likely to play a role


Motor tics - intermittent movements

  • eye blinking
  • shoulder shrugging
  • hopping
  • repeating observed movements

Vocal tics - intermittent sounds

  • grunting
  • throat clearing
  • repeating others' and one's own words
  • vulgar, obscene, or swear words


Are There Treatments?

-There is no cure

-Treatments are aimed to control tics

-There is medication:

  • blocks or lessens dopamine
  • injections into affected muscle
  • ADHD Meds

-There is also therapy:

  • behavioral therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • DBS=implanting a batter operated medical device that supresses symptoms


What if I Have Questions?

Information when your child is diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome

Famous People with Tourette Syndrome

Turning Tourette's into Fun!

"My kids were at the dinner table with my wife and I...and I got stuck on the word 'or' and I couldn't stop so I clapped my hands in front of me and acted like a seal."

S-Man (


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