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7 Health Facts about Tourette’s Syndrome

This condition of the nervous system causes patients to have vocal or motor tics, which can be upsetting for the sufferer and concerning for loved ones. There are varying degrees of the syndrome, but it usually always impacts the person’s self-image.

While it’s fairly common (1 of every 100-children have some form of it), not everyone knows all the facts about it. Let’s take a closer look at seven facts about Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) and how it affects patients…

1. Tourette’s Syndrome Starts Early

While symptoms of TS can actually worsen into adulthood, it usually starts presenting itself from the ages of 5 to 10-years, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The first symptoms often are motor tics that occur in the head and neck area,” it adds.

Tics can decrease in severity into adolescence and early adulthood, and some people are lucky enough to have the symptoms disappear altogether. However, for others, TS will hang around for life (or worsen). It’s much more common for males than females.

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