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Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition which affects the brain and nervous system. It is often characterised by involuntary noises and body movements which are called tics. It usually begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. In some cases, it can run in families.

Tics are mild symptoms ranging from mouth twitching, shoulder shrugging, rapid eye blinking, tongue clicking or sniffing.  Complex tics are jumping, twirling around, and uttering words out of context or abusive language.

Those with Tourette syndrome could have a variety of psychological problems too, such as attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and self-harm behavior.

Most people with TS don’t need medication but for those whose symptoms are interfering with their daily life, medication can be used to keep symptoms under control.It’s important for TS suffers to have as much support as possible from family friends and teachers, although it can be overwhelming to come to terms with behavior displayed by a tourettes sufferer.

Children with TS may fall victim to other children not fully understanding the condition, which can lead to ridicule or harm on the affected.Many children with TS are able to lead a normal life as possible attending school with or without extra assistance.

 

For more information visit:

Tourettes Action

NHS

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