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Tourette Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options


Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a fairly common disorder that affects between 6 to 20-percent of children, with boys up to 4-times more likely to develop it, according to Pharmacy Times. It usually begins with signs of involuntary movements (motor tics) followed by vocal tics, it adds.

While the peak of the symptoms is usually around ages 8 to 11, up to 80-percent of patients in early adulthood experience an improvement in symptoms, it adds. However, only 8 to 10-percent of patients see complete remission in adulthood. “For most, TS is a lifetime disorder,” it notes. Let’s look at 13 things to know about the syndrome…

1. Examples of Motor Tics

Motor tics are involuntary movements, which can be “simple” or “complex,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Simple tics may include behaviors such as repetitive eye blinking, head jerking, nose twitching, or mouth movements, it says.

Meanwhile, some TS patients will experience more involved motor tics, which can include touching or smelling objects, stepping in patterns, obscene gestures (this is called copropraxia and is quite uncommon), or bending and twisting, it adds.

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